By Alan Hutton

4th Aug, 2021 | 8:00am

Scots pundit: Celtic set to hit 'rock bottom' as 'risky' Edouard replacement mooted

Alan Hutton has suggested Celtic are still yet to hit “rock bottom” despite a disappointing start to the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland international suggested Odsonne Edouard’s likely departure could pile the misery on at Parkhead.

Celtic suffered a 2-1 defeat to Hearts on the opening day of the Premiership season.

The Hoops had already been knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by Midtjylland.

Ange Postecoglou’s men were also dealt a blow in the transfer market with Kristoffer Ajer, a mainstay last season, sold to Brentford.

Edouard is also expected to leave as he heads into the final year of his contract.

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Hutton suggested Celtic would have to start “taking risks” on their new signings.

As such, he warned things could get worse before they get better for the Bhoys.

Hutton told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “What went wrong? I saw this coming, if I’m totally honest, going back to the Preston game.

“I thought they were poor (v Preston). They upped their game against Midtjylland in the first leg, they did do well until the sending off.

“I don’t even know if Celtic have hit rock bottom yet before it gets better. That’s how I can put it. You look at the likes of Edouard, is he going to be leaving?

“These are all questions that are still yet to be answered. The time window for bringing in transfers and trying to help that squad is getting smaller and smaller.

“It means the risk gets higher, it means you’ve got to take risks on who you’re signing. It’s been a difficult, difficult opening to the season for Ange Postecoglou and Celtic.

Celtic confirmed the signings of Joe Hart and James McCarthy on Tuesday.

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