Exclusive: McLeish slams Celtic stars wasting one teammate's brilliance
“Terrific” Celtic new boy Diego Laxalt is being wasted by his lax teammates.
That is according to ex-Scotland manager Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the loan signing from AC Milan.
Laxalt has made an instant impression at Parkhead after joining on a season-long loan from AC Milan on deadline day last month.
The Uruguay international, 27, has supplanted Greg Taylor as first choice on the left side of defence and immediately won over a fan base frustrated by their side’s indifferent start to the campaign.
Asked how impressed he has been by Laxalt, McLeish delivered a ringing endorsement but warned Celtic stars must raise their games to take full advantage.
“Normally it would be household names [who start so well], if you see a household name come in to play for one of the big English teams, you expect them to hit the ground running because of their reputation and their top, top quality,” McLeish told Football Insider.
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“Laxalt, the fact he’s played for AC Milan, he’ll have an inner confidence and you can see when he gets forward he pings those crosses in. Sometimes he does it without looking and a lot of clubs, a lot of managers, coaches will tell their players don’t just cross it in willy-nilly.
“Now Laxalt seems to like to fizz that ball in there and the more he does that, the more the Celtic players trying to get in the box will realise they’ve got to start getting on the end of some of these terrific crosses that are coming in the box.
“He’s, by all accounts over the last three or four games, really improved his quality. The Rangers one was a tough one all round and none of the Celtic players really played to their full quality.”