Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has blasted Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond after his comments cast doubt on the future of Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Hoops supremo claimed, in a shock interview with Sky Sports, that the club wouldn’t stand in the way of Rodgers if another club came in for him, such as Arsenal, where he has been quoted as one of the favourites, with the Daily Mirror claiming that he is on Arsenal’s shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger.

However, Desmond’s quotes didn’t go down well with BT Sport pundit Sutton, who claims that they make the Hoops look small time and that they need to do all they can to keep Rodgers at the club.

“It is always going to be difficult if a club like Arsenal come calling but Celtic have to put up some kind of fight to keep him,” Sutton said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“You don’t just simply step aside and wish him the best of luck. Celtic are a big club in their own right but Dermot coming out with this kind of stuff just makes them look small fry.

“We keep being told Brendan is building something at Celtic so it would be a backwards step to simply let him go.”

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Rodgers has been a huge success at the Hoops, winning every domestic trophy he has competed in and he is on the verge of clinching yet another, as a win over Hibernian on Saturday would see the Bhoys clinch the Scottish Premiership title.

Football Insider verdict

For seasoned Celtic watchers, Desmond’s comments were very strange, as a man who very rarely gives interviews was indicating that the club’s manager could leave if a ‘big’ club came in for him. That makes the Hoops look small time, and Sutton is correct to be highly critical of the remarks, which come when the Hoops should be preparing to their match at Easter Road looking to win the league title. Now Rodgers will no doubt face plenty of questions about his future which for the most part could have been avoided has Desmond not decided to cast his unexpected intervention.

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