Alan Hutton has blasted Celtic’s players after manager Neil Lennon claimed that Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Livingston was a “learning curve” for some of the new arrivals at Parkhead.
The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that players joining the Bhoys should realise the demands on their shoulders from day one and that there should not be much more to learn as they head into the second international break of the season.
The Hoops suffered their first defeat of the season at Livingston and manager Lennon said that the performance and the result was “a learning curve for some of the new ones.”
Hutton says that there should not be much more learning to do for the players, whether experienced or new to Scottish football, and that the demands of playing for such a big club are well known.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think the new signings should know what it’s about now. Everybody knows, around the world, Celtic are a massive club, you’re expected to win week in, week out, no matter if you’re playing on a plastic pitch just round the corner, it doesn’t matter, they’re expected to win.
“They should know by now, they’re professional footballers, they’ve played at a high level. The thing with the Livingston is that they’re no mugs.
“It was always going to be difficult but the new players should know by now. They’ve had long enough to settle in so I think this could possibly be a wake-up call for them.”
Celtic brought in no less than 11 new players over the summer window with a mix of permanent deals and loan signings, the likes of Christopher Jullien and Mohamed Elyounoussi establishing themselves as regulars in the first team.
Defeat to Livingston leaves them trailing Rangers heading into the international break, both Glasgow sides having lost just one game in the league so far.