'Nightmare' - Sutton tears into Celtic for problem area, pinpoints two players he doesn't trust
By James Black
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has blasted his old side’s central defensive options ahead of Friday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Hamilton, calling them a “nightmare”.
The Hoops have had a number of injuries to defenders with Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko all missing games so far this season, forcing manager Brendan Rodgers to pitch Israeli midfielder Nir Bitton in as an emergency centre-back.
Speaking to BT Sport’s Darrell Currie on Periscope, Sutton blasted the Bhoys for their lack of options in the role.
He said: “I read Brendan say Simunovic will play some part tonight [Friday] but it’s a risk.
“He hasn’t played much football and that centre-half area for Celtic is a nightmare at the minute.”
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Norwegian youngster Kristoffer Ajer has been also been used to cover injury, as has right-back Mikael Lustig, but with Paris Saint-Germain visiting on Champions League duty on Tuesday, Sutton is worried about his the Hoops’ backline.
Asked if he felt Celtic should have added a new defender during the transfer window, Sutton told BT Sports: “I wish they would have got someone in.
“I don’t think Brendan fancies Sviatchenko, there was talk about Simunovic leaving so something’s not right there.
“You can’t trust Ajer and you can’t trust Bitton.”
Celtic did agree a deal with South African side Ajax Cape Town for defender Rivaldo Coetzee however, the Hoops’ medical staff pulled the plug after an issue was found during the player’s medical, leaving Celtic short on numbers defensively.
Rodgers also confirmed the Glaswegians held talks over bringing back Jason Denayer to Celtic Park, but the Belgian defender had already agreed a move to Turkey.
“If you are going to bring one in like that then they need to know they are going to come in and play. It is the oldest conundrum in the world for centre-halves,” said the Parkhead boss, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“We looked at Denayer but he had already made a promise to go back to Turkey three months ago and we respected that he didn’t want to break his word.
In other Celtic news, the Bhoys have agreed terms with Conor Hazard.