Alan Hutton has admitted he has been left baffled by the “shocking run” Celtic have endured after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Hibernian.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has questioned the “togetherness” of the squad and suggested the Bhoys may be going through a period of transition.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, manager Neil Lennon admitted he “can’t defend” his squad and suggested the players may have “lost a bit of hunger” at Parkhead.
The Hoops currently sit 11 points behind league leaders Rangers with two games in hand, while they face an uphill battle to qualify from their Europa League group with three games left to play.
Hutton admitted the current Celtic side are a far cry from the dominant Hoops squads of old and suggested several reasons why things have taken a turn for the worst.
Asked where he thinks the fault lies at Celtic Park, Hutton told Football Insider: “I don’t know, there seems to be a problem. I don’t know how it’s happened but they’ve been on a shocking run.
“From back to front they’ve not done well. Edouard’s not scoring as many goals as he used to, obviously Leigh Griffiths is coming off the bench, injury-wise they’ve had problems, Shane Duffy coming in, it’s not quite worked.
“I don’t know, there just doesn’t seem to be that togetherness that they’ve had for years. I don’t know whether it’s a coming to the end, if you want, going through a transition period and the squad’s trying to change or evolve, I don’t know but I just can’t put my finger on it.
“These are opponents that Celtic, in previous seasons, would go and blow away, and even the European game against Sparta Prague where they were shocking, it was a real bad performance, that would never have happened a few seasons ago.
“It’s a difficult one, there’s nothing really that can put my finger on but things just don’t seem to be clicking at the moment. Lennon is now starting to question the players and if their heads are on at the moment, are they together? So it’s not a great period of time for them at the moment.”