This is where Celtic are seriously lacking - Chris Sutton explains Rodgers' achilles heel
By Abigail Withey
Former Celtic forward-turned-pundit Chris Sutton has revealed the area which he thinks Brendan Rodgers’ side is lacking.
Celtic drove an incredible campaign during the 2017/18 season after Rodgers guided the Glaswegian side to win the domestic treble.
The Hoops appear to have continued their success into the current season, by securing wins in all of their competitive games so far.
Over the summer, Rodgers made just three signings which looked to strengthen the centre of his squad after he recruited midfielders including Manchester City’s Olivier Ntcham, Ipswich Town youngster Kundai Benyu, and Jonny Hayes from Aberdeen.
While Rodgers took time to ensure the Bhoys’ midfield was strong, outspoken pundit Chris Sutton believes that the manager needs to turn his attention elsewhere.
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Centre-backs Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko are both currently suffering from knee injuries which limits Rodgers’ options for the back-line and Sutton thinks recruiting a defender is of utmost importance.
He said: “I was saying before the start of the season that adding a centre-half was a necessity and I still think that.”
“I think Brendan really likes Boyata so he’ll come back in once he’s recovered from his injury but I think that’s an area where he will look to strengthen,” Sutton told BT Sport.
Celtic gave an incredible performance during their 5-0 win over Kazakhstan outfit Astana in the first leg of their play-offs, but Chris Sutton doesn’t believe the young centre-backs are completely capable to play in the Champions League consistently.
“They had a lot of young lads on the bench against Astana and Brendan has given youngsters an opportunity at times, but to compete at Champions League level they could still do with another one or two.
“Nir Bitton was outstanding against Astana in that centre back position but it’s too much to expect him to consistently perform against the very best teams,” Sutton explained.
Brendan Rodgers has just a few weeks remaining to take Sutton’s advice and sign another centre-half.