Frank McAvennie claims Neil Lennon has a “major problem” with the number of midfielders he has at his disposal after Celtic edged past Riga to reach the Europa League play-off round.
The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claims Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor need to “sort things out because they are going for the same balls”.
The Hoops bolstered their midfield with the signing of David Turnbull from Motherwell last month on a four-year deal.
Tom Rogic looked set to leave the Glasgow giants earlier in the transfer window but his move to an unnamed Qatar club fell through at the eleventh hour.
It leave Lennon with no less than seven senior centre-midfielders in his squad – McGregor, Christie, Rogic, Turnbull, Olivier Ntcham, Scott Brown and Nir Bitton.
McAvennie heaped praise on Ntcham who he had identified as the long-term successor to Scott Brown.
“Lenny has got a major headache because he has got so many midfielders,” he told Football Insider.
“I like Christie and McGregor, who is coming back to his best. But the two of them have got to sort things out because they tend to be going for the same balls.
“Ntcham was different class the other night and I am a big fan of Ntcham. He is being braced to take over from Scotty but Scott Brown is not going away any time soon.
“It is the headache that all managers dream of but I am a great believer in picking your best eleven and sticking to it. But I do not know if Lenny knows what that is at the moment.
“He has so many players and you cannot keep them all happy. You just can’t. It is a huge problem for Lenny.”