Celtic manager

Leigh Griffiths is among a trio of Celtic players who need to question their own work rate after Neil Lennon’s exit, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Albian Ajeti and Patryk Klimala also needed to look in the mirror following a disappointing campaign.

Lennon started attacking midfielder Ryan Christie as a makeshift striker against Ross County, with the three centre-forwards all named as substitutes.

Griffiths came off the bench in Dingwall but was unable to prevent the Hoops from suffering a 1-0 defeat.

With Lennon’s exit confirmed on Wednesday morning, Hutton suggested the trio need to query if they worked hard enough under their old boss.

Asked how the trio would have felt watching Christie lead the line, Hutton told Football Insider: “They won’t be happy in one sense. Then the question is are they doing enough?

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“Are they doing enough within training? Are they doing enough within games to have shown Neil Lennon that they should be in the starting lineup? That’s what I would ask myself.

“If a midfielder or a creative midfielder is playing in front of me as a striker, you need to look in the mirror and ask those questions.

“Obviously, Neil Lennon didn’t feel that they were giving enough, either in training or on the pitch, to deserve that starting place.” 

While Odsonne Edouard has played regularly this season, Lennon regularly rotated between his other strikers.

Ajeti has scored six goals in 27 appearances, Griffiths six in 18 and Klimala three in 23.

In other news, a 37-year-old has been installed as the favourite to replace Lennon at Celtic.