Former Scotland defender Alan Hutton has not absolved Celtic’s summer signings of blame for the team’s 0-2 defeat at Livingston last weekend.
Speaking after the game, Hoops manager Neil Lennon said that the team’s first Premiership defeat of the season was “a learning curve” for those who had only come to the club this year, as per BBC.
However, speaking to Football Insider, Hutton had no sympathy for the newer players in Celtic’s line-up and said that anyone coming to the club should be aware of the expectation to win, even on plastic pitches such as that at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
He told Football Insider: “I think the new signings should know what it’s about now. Everybody knows, around the world, Celtic are a massive club, you’re expected to win week in, week out, no matter if you’re playing on a plastic pitch just round the corner, it doesn’t matter, they’re expected to win.
“They should know by now, they’re professional footballers, they’ve played at a high level. The thing with Livingston is that they’re no mugs.
“It was always going to be difficult but the new players should know by now. They’ve had long enough to settle in so I think this could possibly be a wake-up call for them.”
When looking back on Celtic’s defeat at Livingston, perhaps Hutton is having a go at the wrong players, as some of the recent arrivals were among the Hoops’ better performers on the day.
Fraser Forster, whose positioning for the second goal was questioned, was among the players who joined the Hoops in the most recent transfer window, but he already knows the ins and outs of playing for the club, having been with them for four years earlier this decade.
As noted by Mizgan Masani of Read Celtic, right-back Bauer struck a good balance between getting forward and helping out defensively, Bolingoli couldn’t be blamed for either goal and Elyounoussi’s attacking threat made him one of the few bright spots on a disappointing day for the Hoops.
Of the newcomers, only Jullien, whose performance was rated a five and his defending for the two goals called into question by both Read Celtic and The 4th Official, seemed to fall well below his usual standards.
Hutton has a point in saying that there are high expectations when playing for a team that’s going for a ninth successive league title, but in terms of the Livingston game, he may have been a little harsh on the new players in Celtic’s squad.
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