By Noel Whelan

11th Aug, 2020 | 8:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit issues stark warning to Celtic after shock

Noel Whelan has slammed Neil Lennon’s Celtic display as they were held to a shock 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at the weekend.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds and Aberdeen forward said Celtic will have to improve if they are to complete a historic ten titles in a row.

After taking the lead through a Ryan Christie free-kick in the 11th minute the Hoops were unable to build on their lead.

Less than a quarter-of-an-hour later Kilmarnock levelled the scores through a Chris Burke penalty.

The result gives Rangers an early advantage in the race for the title as they made it two wins from two at the weekend.

Asked what went wrong for Celtic against Kilmarnock, Whelan said: “I think it’s one of those days where you dominate possession but you don’t create too many chances. They need to step up their performance, Neil Lennon won’t be accepting that.

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“He’ll know they’ll have worked hard but it’s about winning football matches. They need to create more and they’ve got lots of creative players in their team.

“He’ll see it as a day that just wasn’t their day. They didn’t lose it, they extend their unbeaten run to 13. However, it’s about getting the points on the board, even though it’s early on in the season.

“You want to be taking maximum points from all games. You’re looking ahead to the derby with Rangers and you want to be in touch.”

Speaking after the game Lennon described the games as “not the end of the world”.

He told BBC Sport: “We have to take the point and move on – it’s not the end of the world.

“There were aspects to our game we could do better.”

In other Celtic news, Football Insider can exclusively REVEAL that the club are finalising a new signing after he jetted in from overseas for a medical.