Sutton: Rodgers has just two good players to work with at Celtic

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes that new manager Brendan Rodgers has a huge task on his hands to transform the Celtic squad into a team that can compete at the highest level.

The Northern Irishman was appointed as the new Hoops boss on Friday, and Sutton sees parallels between his appointment and another Northern Irishman Martin O’Neill 16 years ago.

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The major difference, Sutton says in his column for the Daily Record, is that O’Neill had many more “good players” to work with:

“It was a hugely successful period for the club and that is the challenge again. The difference now is Martin [O’Neill] did inherit some good players.”

“I look around the current squad and I don’t see a Johan Mjallby. There’s no Stilyan Petrov, or Paul Lambert, or Jackie McNamara. There’s certainly no Henrik Larsson or Lubo Moravcik. There’s a Kieran Tierney and Leigh Griffiths but that is about it.

“So you could argue the new manager has an even tougher
 job on his hands than Martin 
had 16 years ago.”

Griffiths was named Scottish Player of the Year after scoring 40 goals this season while Tierney won the Scottish Young Player of the Year after a breakthrough season for the Hoops.

The Sunday Post believes there will be a clear out of some players at Celtic Park with midfielder Stefan Johansen, defender Efe Ambrose, Emilio Izaguirre, Nadir Ciftci and Stefan Scepovic all expected to depart the club this summer.

 


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