By Noel Whelan

23rd Nov, 2020 | 12:28pm

'Going absolutely nowhere' - Exclusive: Whelan slaughters Celtic star letting team down

Noel Whelan has ripped into Scott Brown and his Celtic teammates after a 2-2 draw at Hibernian saw the Hoops drop further behind Rangers in the title race.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, questioned the “hunger” and “desire” of Neil Lennon’s side after Jamie Murphy scored a rebound from a missed penalty to open the scoring at Easter Road.

Laxalt’s 91st minute equaliser salvaged a point for the Hoops on a weekend in which they slipped 11 points behind Old Firm rivals Rangers.

The Bhoys have only won one of their last four Scottish Premiership fixtures and despite still holding two games in hand over the Gers, the momentum is firmly with Steven Gerrard’s side heading into the Christmas period.

Whelan bemoaned Celtic captain Scott Brown’s challenge which handed Hibs a penalty at the beginning of the second half.

“It was clumsy,” he told Football Insider. “It is in the corner of the box, he is going absolutely nowhere.

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“An experienced player like Scott Brown, nine times out of 10 would not touch him. He should have shown him to the corner flag but that decision, in that split moment has cost his team.

“But what disappoints me more is the penalty was saved and another player, not the penalty taker, was more alive than the other Celtic players. That disappointed me more than anything.

“Murphy has come from the 18 yard box to put it in the back of the net. To me, that is hunger. That is a lack of desire on Celtic’s part.”

In other Celtic news, Danny Mills back Hoops target to seal blockbuster January move.