By Kevin Phillips

2nd Aug, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pundit 'wowed' by 'incendiary' Postecoglou comments in new Celtic low

Kevin Phillips claims “alarm bells” are ringing at Celtic after Ange Postecoglou’s recent comments.

The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the Hoops’ 2021-22 campaign got off to the worst possible start.

Celtic have been knocked out of the Champions League by FC Midtjylland and lost their SPFL opener 2-1 against Hearts.

Speaking after the second Midtjylland game, Postecoglou was quoted by BBC Sport (28th July) as saying he hasn’t done a good enough job of conveying how badly Celtic need new recruits.

Some fans took this quote as a swipe at the board, who remain under heavy fire from some sections of the club’s supporters.

Phillips hopes this wasn’t a direct comment to the board as that scenario won’t end well for the club.

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“It’s not ideal to get kicked out of the Champions League before you even think about the Premiership,” Phillips told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.

“I’m sure the manager has been asking questions since day one. He and his staff will know they need players.

“It’s as simple as that. I’m hoping he’s not saying the board specifically are costing Celtic because, wow, that won’t end well.

“I don’t know what he’s been told, he might have been told there are more players coming. Incendiary comments are not the way forward no matter what.

“Obviously you want them in before the season starts because alarm bells are ringing now.”

Celtic face Czech side Jablonec in a Europa League play-off on Thursday night.

They then welcome Dundee to Parkhead for their first home league game of the season.

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