Alan Hutton admitted he was alarmed by Scott Brown’s reveal about defending set-plays at Celtic after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Ross County. 

The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted while it was common practice for teams to try and mix up their approach when combatting corners and free-kicks, the Hoops need to figure out how to do the basics first.

Speaking after the loss at Victoria Park, as quoted by the Glasgow Times, Brown revealed the Hoops utilise a “mixture” of zonal and man-marking from set-plays.

Jordan Whites’ header from a free-kick was enough to end the Bhoys’ five-game winning streak in Dingwall, with Brown admitting the County striker managed to get in between him and Kristoffer Ajer to score.

Hutton admitted it was not surprising to hear Neil Lennon trying to adopt different tactics at the back but insisted the Celtic players need to make sure they do the basics right first.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Obviously I was watching the game, but the thing that worries me the most was when I read Scott Brown’s comments in an article where he’s saying it is half zonal, half man-marking and a lot of teams do that at the moment. 

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“If you’re marking, you have to mark your man. If you’ve not got that within the team, you’re always going to fail at set-pieces. It’s something they really need to rectify.”

Brown told the Glasgow Times: “He (White) was between me and Kris (Ajer). It’s zonal marking, we work on it and it’s how we do it. We keep a line. It’s part and parcel of football.

“People want to do zonal, others want to do man-marking. We do a mixture of both. We can stop the run, we can head it better. We need to look at it and right it tomorrow.”

In other news, Football Insider pundit fears Christopher Jullien’s injury might be worse than first feared at Celtic.