Alan Hutton has suggested Diego Laxalt has had his last chance to impress in a Celtic shirt after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Rangers.
The former Ibrox defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he did not think the 28-year-old was up to the standard required to play for the Bhoys.
The Uruguay international started at Ibrox but was hooked after just 45 minutes by interim boss John Kennedy.
🟢 Second-half gets underway as John Kennedy makes one change:
⬅️ Diego Laxalt
➡️ Greg Taylor
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 18, 2021
Laxalt was tormented by Joe Aribo down Celtic’s left flank and was caught all out of position for the Gers’ second goals.
He was replaced by Scottish left-back Greg Taylor, who had made just one appearance under Kennedy prior to Sunday.
Laxalt, who is on loan from AC Milan, has played 28 times for Celtic to date.
However, Hutton suggested he may not get another opportunity now.
Asked if he thought Sunday was Laxalt’s last game in a Celtic shirt, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah. It seems like throughout the season Lennon and Kennedy have never been really 100 per cent sure who they want to play there, whether it be Taylor or Laxalt.
“Whether they’re happy with one of them or neither of them, we’ll have to wait and see. Laxalt just didn’t know what to do at the weekend.
“I half felt sorry for him. What he basically did with the own goal was he made a mistake and compounded that with another mistake.
“Instead of just going tight, dropping back into your position, playing the position well and working from there, he’s just started headless chicken running after the ball.
“He’s out of position and then Aribo took him to the cleaners. He just had a difficult, difficult afternoon. I’m starting to think that, maybe, he’s not up to that level week in, week out.
“He can look good against some of the lesser teams, when he’s flying forward and he’s not asked to defend. When he steps up a level he has been found wanting, especially in the Rangers games.”