By Russell Edge

24th Feb, 2018 | 10:06am

Sutton blasts Rodgers in shock Celtic transfer verdict - names just two success stories

Former Celtic star and outspoken pundit Chris Sutton has said that Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has just two successful pieces of transfer business to his name during his time at Parkhead.
The former Swansea and Liverpool manager arrived in Glasgow back in 2016, and has enjoyed a prosperous spell in charge of the Bhoys, leading them to an unbeaten domestic campaign last season which resulted in three pieces of silverware.
This season has seen the club lead the charge for the Premiership title once again, as well as still being in with a chance of defending both their Scottish Cup and League Cup titles, although their European performances left much to be desired, suffering a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League knock out stage.
Now Sutton says it is continental football where the Bhoys’ success should be judged, and has slammed the manager for his work in the transfer market, insisting he is not bringing in players who are going to take the club to the heights they should be aiming for.
Writing in his column for the Daily Record, he said: “To compete at the next level Celtic need to be brave on the pitch and braver in the market.
“Brendan’s ability as a coach isn’t in question but his ability to attract players of the right quality and mentality to take Celtic to the next level is.
“Brendan has brought in 17 players. Of those Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair have been a success. Of those signed last month, are Lewis Morgan, Jack Hendry and Scott Bain going to take Celtic to the next level in European competition?
“Lately the recruitment has been a huge disappointment.”
Sutton’s verdict on the Hoops’ transfer business will come as a big shock to many of the Parkhead faithful, who will no doubt have been impressed by the likes of Olivier Ntcham, Kolo Toure and the improving Eboue Kouassi.
In other Celtic transfer news, the club are in talks to secure a deal for an international playmaker available for a bargain.

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