Former Celtic icon Sir Kenny Dalglish stuck by manager Neil Lennon in a powerful message aimed directly at the players at their recent poor run of form.
Dalglish not impressed
The Hoops have started the season slowly and are already playing catch-up to arch-rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table, and they are yet to win a game in Europe during the 2020/21 campaign after their woeful 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague last Thursday.
Another former Celtic player had some strong words to say about their midweek defeat. Chris Sutton described it as of the most “gutless” performances he has personally seen (via BT Sport).
“The thing, as we all know, if the guys in the green and white Hoops don’t do better then it’s the manager who gets the sack. Not the players,” he said.
“I know they have problems in the defensive area of the team right now, and key men – like Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien – have been unavailable. But there should still be a higher level of performance.
“Even if the players don’t want to do it for the manager, they should want to do it for themselves and the Celtic supporters.
Dalglish continued. “Whether they like the manager or not, it shouldn’t stop you from running, tackling and closing down an opponent. So a huge improvement is required in the Premiership game away to Motherwell.
“They need to stick together and it would be a sad state of affairs if the squad throws it all away after what they’ve achieved together in the past few years.”
Transfer Tavern take
It is a strong and passionate statement from Dalglish. If this doesn’t get to the players, the question that remains to be asked is, what will?
Sure, they got back to winning ways yesterday but the defeat to Sparta Prague will be looming over them and they will need to eradicate from their memory as soon as possible.
Taking all of the positives they can going forward and implementing them into a strong unbeaten run in all competitions will be the only way they can react to the backlash.
In other news, this former Celtic star believes one player should be sacked.
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