By Alan Hutton

4th Nov, 2021 | 10:00am

Scottish pundit accuses Postecoglou of arrogant Celtic blunder

Alan Hutton has insisted Ange Postecoglou must “learn his lesson” after dropping Kyogo Furuhashi and Mikey Johnston from the Celtic starting XI against Livingston.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested there may have been a bit of arrogance from the Hoops boss as he rotated his forward line.

Georgios Giakoumakis and Liel Abada stepped into the lineup but struggled to make an impact in the 0-0 draw at Parkhead.

As quoted by the Daily Record (3rd November), Postecoglou insisted the Bhoys need to be “really careful” with Furuhashi despite the 26-year-old’s excellent start to life in Glasgow.

The Australian boss pointed out how the Japan international joined the Hoops after playing much of the 2021 J-League season.

However, Hutton suggested Postecoglou may have underestimated Livingston’s ability and desire to get a result at Parkhead.

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“The manager’s obviously new, he’s relatively new into the building,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“He’s still figuring things out. It’s no disrespect to Livingston but he probably thought playing them at home, we can rotate a few.

“Giakoumakis can come in, we can change a few things up and we’ll still be okay.

“But you need to remember that these teams like Livingston work ultra-hard when they come to Parkhead or Ibrox. They are very difficult to break down.

“You do need a spark within your team. So he’ll probably have learned a lesson and will move on from it. They still could have won, with the opportunity from the penalty.”

Furuhashi is Celtic’s top scorer this season with 10 goals in 16 appearances.

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