Chris Sutton fears imminent "nightmare" facing Celtic

By John McGinley

September 25, 2021

Chris Sutton is fearing a “nightmare” couple of weeks for Celtic as the club’s injury crisis deepens.

Giorgos Giakoumakis is the latest to be sidelined after injuring himself in the warm-up to Thursday night’s match.

After the match, Ange Postecoglou admitted he was frustrated with all the problems that have faced Celtic over the last couple of months. And for Sutton, he looked like a man with all the worries in the world on his shoulders.

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The outspoken pundit is now worried about the challenges ahead for this threadbare squad.

Writing in his Daily Record column today, Sutton said: “Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou looked like a man with the weight of the world after the game on Thursday night. No wonder. His post match interview following the Raith win just screamed of a guy thinking, ‘Give me a break’. Postecoglou could sure do with one.

“It’s important for Celtic supporters to keep the faith with the manager. He has certainly improved the side from last season, even if they are still way short of where he wants the squad to be. But you cannot deny he’s been dealt an incredibly difficult hand in his three months in charge. It’s been issue after issue for him and he’s been left fire fighting on a weekly basis.

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“Postecoglou hasn’t been helped by the fact he was late in the door in the door and that had a huge knock-on effect on new signings. I can understand why he’s feeling a bit cursed when it comes to the recent injury problems.

“Celtic are missing so many key players at a time when the manager needs all hands on deck. The next few weeks could be a nightmare if he doesn’t get some bodies back.”

Postecoglou’s latest injury updates haven’t been particularly positive, with Callum McGregor only having an outside shot of facing Bayer Leverkusen next week and Kyogo Furuhashi likely out until after the upcoming international break.

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Dundee United tomorrow will be a difficult task, but it is matches against Leverkusen, Aberdeen and Motherwell on the horizon that are likely causing Sutton concern.

The Bundesliga team are full of quality and Celtic’s away record has been very poor so far this season.

It may well not end up being a “nightmare”, but the Bhoys are certainly up against it and we need some of these squad players to step up and show why they’ve been handed lucrative Celtic contracts.

In other news, Kyogo in heartfelt message to Celtic supporters.