Hutton can't believe what he saw from Duffy & Ajer in Celtic win

Alan Hutton has ripped into Shane Duffy and Kristoffer Ajer for their lack of communication at Celtic this season. 

The former Rangers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, blamed the centre-back pair for allowing Greg Taylor to try and handle Shaun Rooney in Sunday’s 2-1 win over St Johnstone.

The Saints’ 24-year-old, who stands at 6ft 3in tall, towered over the 5ft 8in full-back to head Tommy Wright’s men into a shock lead.

Two goals from Odsonne Edouard rescued the Bhoys and secured a fourth successive win for Neil Lennon and his men.

However, Hutton has admitted there have to be serious questions asked about the defending and suggested Ajer and Duffy let Taylor down for St Johnstone’s goal.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Defensively I still thought Celtic struggled, especially with Rooney’s goal. It’s communication and if we look back through the season, that’s probably been a downfall for the back-four.

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“We’ve seen it quite a lot, Celtic have really struggled defensively from set-pieces and thing and they’re such a big team, that cannot happen – for a guy of Taylor’s stature to be picking up one of the tallest people on the pitch, it just doesn’t make sense.

“If I’m a centre-half, I’m saying: ‘I’ve got him, I’ll take care of this situation, you cover round, you cover my back.’

“All it takes is a couple of simple words but when your confidence is low, you’re looking out for yourself and you’re just trying not to make mistakes, that sort of thing tends to go out the window.

“If you’re winning games, it’s a constant back-four and everybody’s doing well, you’re able to get that communication across so I just think they seem to be lacking in those situations at the moment and it’s something they’re really going to have to build on.” 

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