Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes the current Celtic squad will need “major surgery” if the club want to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.
The ex-Norwich, Blackburn and Chelsea forward has been heavily critical of current manager Ronny Deila, the squad and the board this campaign, and he told the Herald that the club’s next manager will need to significantly overhaul the squad in order to compete in Europe:
“I think they are vulnerable already. A new manager coming in, I would suspect, would look at the current squad and want to ship out a lot of what is there. The team needs major, major surgery.
“If we are going to be honest, if we are looking at this current Celtic team and thinking they are going to get through the Champions League qualifiers, that is pie in the sky at the moment. That would be a major achievement for this group of players.”
Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell says he expects to have a new manager in place by the end of the month to replace Deila, but that would still leave the new coach just six weeks to prepare a new team for the Champions League qualifiers in mid July.
It is unlikely that would be enough time for the major changes that Sutton feels are needed for Celtic to compete in European competitions, and to start next season on a positive note.