Chris Sutton has ripped into Celtic’s forward position as an area that is letting them down right now, suggesting he’d like to see more from strikers Albian Ajeti and Leigh Griffiths when it comes to work off the ball.
Odsonne Edouard has had a stop-start season so far, which has left the door open for others in the squad to impress in the forward line.
Ajeti, who joined in the summer from West Ham, does have five goals in his opening 12 appearances for the Scottish giants, but his form has dipped recently.
Meanwhile, Griffiths has returned to the Bhoys side with two goals in four matches, but doesn’t look fit enough to play anywhere near 90 minutes at present.
Neil Lennon’s side are under the spotlight after picking up just one point from their two recent league games against Rangers and Aberdeen, plus they were also beaten by AC Milan in the Europa League group stages.
It’s a pivotal next few days for Celtic as they face Lille in Europe on Thursday and Aberdeen on Sunday in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
Pundit and ex-Celtic forward Sutton has stressed that there is currently an issue in attack:
“Celtic at this moment in time are playing with a man down up front. Whether it’s Ajeti or it’s Griffiths, because albeit it’s okay scoring goals but you need more from your frontman than they are giving at this moment in time,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
With Edouard yet to really hit top gear this season due to breaks in his game-time, Celtic have looked a little lost without him in the attack and he’s so important to the way they want to play.
Lennon’s side need to find more energy in the final third and a bit more of a clinical touch, while defensively it’s the individual mistakes and lapses in concentration are costing them.
The criticism of Celtic might be a bit far-fetched at this stage in the season, but there is no doubt the next couple of games are huge for the manager.