John Kennedy was let down by his wasteful Celtic stars in Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to Rangers, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, pointed to gilt-edged chances for Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer and David Turnbull as potential turning points for the Hoops.
The Bhoys played over an hour with 10 men after Callum McGregor was sent off in the build-up to the opening goal.
However, Celtic clawed back to level the scores just four minutes later through Edouard.
Goals from Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Jermain Defoe wrapped up another derby win for the Light Blues.
McLeish insisted Kennedy had set Celtic up well before McGregor’s dismissal.
He suggested clear-cut chances for Edouard, Ajer and Turnbull could have swung things in Celtic’s favour.
Asked what he thought of Kennedy’s management on Sunday, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think they started well. You have to say they were really up for it but McGregor being sent off so early was a spoke in the wheel.
“You can’t really legislate for that. He tried, he definitely tried to change some things in the second half. To be fair, at 2-1, Celtic had a gilt-edged chance with Edouard.
“They had one or two, Ajer made a 60-yard run and the only thing that was missing was his finish. It went wildly past the post.
“Then Turnbull had a chance. He’s renowned for scoring these goals and he just didn’t quite get a connection. That would have been 2-2.
“That was with 10 men and that would have shown some character in the team that John Kennedy put on the pitch.”
Celtic managed to score just two goals in their five meetings with Rangers this season.
The Hoops finish their season off with ties against St Johnstone and Hibernian.
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