Chris Sutton has admitted he is shocked that Brendan Rodgers decided to axe Charly Musonda ahead of the clash against Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday night.
Musonda, 21, was signed up by the Hoops on loan from Chelsea in the January transfer window, and although he has started the last two matches, Rodgers dropped the Belgian attacker to the bench for the Europa League fixture at Parkhead.
Sutton has claimed that it may be a sign that the Celtic manager doesn’t trust the loanee, who is yet to really hit a good run of form in Glasgow.
“I’m surprised. This is why Musonda was brought in to Celtic,” said Sutton on BT Sport’s live pre-match coverage on Thursday [07:35pm].
“Within two games he’s out. Brendan Rodgers is basically saying ‘I don’t trust you’.”
Musonda lasted 65 minutes before being substituted off in the win against Partick in the Scottish Cup at the weekend however the week before he earned his first start in the shock 1-0 loss against Kilmarnock.
The Belgian attacking midfielder had made seven appearances in all competitions for Chelsea before he was loaned out by Antonio Conte on an 18-month deal.
Patrick Roberts was signed up in a similar fashion in January 2016 and it would be fair to say that the Manchester City loanee took his time to really find a good run of form in Scotland.
However it seems Rodgers is not willing to be overly patient with Musonda, especially ahead of a huge clash against Zenit.
In other Celtic news, Rangers-mad Jim White has made a bold claim in the debate surrounding this Hoops senior man.