By Coral Barry
Chris Sutton reckons Brendan Rodgers will not be on the same page as chairman Ian Bankier when it comes to transfers this summer.
Bankier suggested that the squad would not need that many adjustments after their empahtic 7-0 rout of Motherwell on the final day of the season, but Sutton thinks Rodgers will be experienced enough to know his side needs some serious alterations.
Celtic’s current crop of players were heavily criticised by pundits and fans alike for their level of performances throughout the season and former Hoops attacker Sutton believes Rodgers will need the backing of Bankier for a squad overhaul.
“Rodgers needs funds to bring in some quality and the say-so to dump some of the deadwood,” said Sutton writing in his Daily Record column.
“He needs new faces and I hope not too much store is placed in the way chairman Ian Bankier spoke at the press conference
“He talked about the final-day 7-0 win over Motherwell proving there is enough talent within the club just now to get the job done.
“Rodgers will quickly ascertain that’s not the case if he knows the game at all – and he does.
“He’ll need help from those above him.”
Rodgers took over the Celtic post from Ronny Deila who spent two frustrating years with the Hoops.
Deila was unable to guide Celtic into the Champions League group stages during his time in Scotland, but Sutton does not believe Rodgers will be expected to get it right in Europe from the word go.
Celtic will begin their qualification campaign in July before the domestic season kicks off later in the summer and Sutton has dismissed suggestions the Northern Irishman’s future hinges on those six games.
The former Blackburn Rovers player said: “Unlike most others, I don’t feel he’s under pressure in the Champions League qualifiers.
“Many feel everything hinges on those six games for the Ulsterman, but it’s a short time to get the squad you want in place and it won’t be easy.
“For me, he can’t be blamed if they don’t get through with the current squad.”
In other Celtic news, one of the Hoops’ long-term targets has ruled out a move to the Scottish giants.