By Frank McAvennie

22nd Oct, 2020 | 10:31am

Exclusive: McAvennie slams Celtic stars for their handling of barely-seen teammate

Frank McAvennie slammed the Celtic team that started against Rangers on Saturday for not helping summer signing Diego Laxalt.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Laxalt, 27, received “no help at all” from his teammates in the 2-0 loss and was often outnumbered on the left-hand side.

The Uruguay international made his debut for Neil Lennon’s side in the first Old Firm clash of the season, just two weeks after his arrival from AC Milan.

Greg Taylor, who had started all but one of Celtic’s fixtures this season going into the Rangers game, made way for the season-long loan signing.

McAvennie claimed that while Steven Gerrard’s side “did their homework” the Hoops were poor in their individual battles.

“I think the boy Laxalt will do well at Celtic,” he told Football Insider.

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“He did not get any help from his teammates on Saturday, no help at all. There were a couple of one-twos played around him but it was not just down to him.

“Rangers did their homework and we did not win our individual battles. You win the battle then you start playing. All over the pitch we lost our one-on-ones.

“Laxalt put some great balls into the box though and he will get fitter as he goes on.”

Speaking ahead of tonight’s Europa League fixture against his parent club AC Milan, Laxalt said: “We’ve got to have faith in our play and be aggressive.

“We’ve got to stick together because this is a winning squad.”

In other news, it can be REVEALED that Celtic are working on a cut-price deal for defender ahead of January.