Alex McLeish has admitted “alarm bells” would be ringing if he was Celtic defender Shane Duffy after he was snubbed against Dundee United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers and Scotland manager was surprised the 28-year-old did not replace Christopher Jullien after he suffered an injury at Parkhead on Wednesday.
Neil Lennon instead decided to replace Jullien with Nir Bitton who is not a natural centre-back, leaving Duffy on the bench.
The Brighton loanee has not featured for the Bhoys since their Scottish Cup final victory over Hearts on December 20.
McLeish was left surprised by Lennon’s decision to leave him on the bench on Wednesday afternoon given his recent performances.
He told Football Insider: “It seemed that Duffy over the past couple of weeks had come back with a wee bit of form.
“He got a goal the other week there and he kind of had a hand in the other one.
“You thought the boy’s found a wee bit of top fitness and was a wee bit sharper and then all of sudden when you see Bitton get brought in before him, a little bit of alarm bells there for Shane.
“Unless Lennon had a perfectly good explanation for Nir Bitton to go in, then if I was Shane Duffy then I would be a wee bit alarmed.”
Boyhood Celtic fan Duffy has played 19 games for the Hoops across all competitions since his summer move from the Seagulls.
The Republic of Ireland captain has scored three times for Celtic – all of which came in the league.