By Noel Whelan

1st Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Celtic dressing room inquest tipped after 'massive' development - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested there will be a Celtic dressing room inquest after Thursday’s 4-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker claimed the Hoops’ squad need to be “demanding more” from everyone. 

Celtic slumped to their second Europa League defeat at Parkhead to leave their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stage up in the air.  

The Hoops lost 4-3 to Real Betis in their opening group stage game.

Ange Postecoglou’s side have also struggled for consistency in the Scottish Premiership.

Whelan suggested a lack of confidence may be behind the Bhoys’ struggles this season.

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He claimed there would have been some brutally honest discussions in the dressing room after Thursday.

“I think it all comes down to confidence again,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“There’s got to have been stern words from everybody, players etcetera, etc demanding more, demanding better from one another.

“Personally making sure your performances are bang on perfect, pretty much, with every game that you play.

“Right now, I think it’s a confidence thing rather than somebody who doesn’t have the ability.

“They’ve definitely got the ability. I think it is a confidence thing that needs to be changed and turned around massively the club and the players.

“When you’re not winning and you’re getting draws against teams you should be winning domestically, when you’re getting beat abroad, it puts more pressure on your performances.”

Celtic return to domestic action with an away trip to Aberdeen on Sunday.

In other news, an injury expert has made behind-the-scenes claim after Celtic player update.