BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton believes that Celtic must improve their defence if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League group stages.
The Hoops begin the qualifying process in July and Sutton believes that ‘question marks’ remain about the Hoops’ backline.
“Celtic have major question marks in their backline, it’s going to be the biggest test for Brendan so far to qualify,” Sutton said, as quoted on the BT Sport website.
The Hoops’ defence struggled badly in Europe last season, scoring 12 goals in two games against French champions PSG and they failed to cope in the Europe League, losing 3-0 to Zenit in a dreadful performance.
Football Insider verdict
Sutton might want the Hoops to strengthen their defence, but that doesn’t mean that the Hoops boss is going to do that, as he seems to be a fan of most of his defenders, particularly Dedryck Boyata, who has been heavily criticised at times, but who has been a mainstay of the Hoops side this season, and was even thrown back into the side for a match at Ibrox when he recovered from injury. It seems like the partnership of Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer will be the duo that will lead the Hoops into the Champions League qualifiers, and there will be support from the likes of Jack Hendry and Nir Bitton. If the Hoops do sign another centre-back in the summer, it seems unlikely that the player will be first choice, as most defenders that Rodgers has signed have failed to get into the Hoops side, most recently Marvin Compper, who has made only one appearance since joining the Hoops in January. Time will tell but defence might not be a priority for the Hoops boss in the summer.
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