Chris Sutton reckons that “alarm bells will be ringing” amongst the Celtic board after Thursday night’s loss to Sparta Prague.
The Hoops went down 4-1 to the Czech league leaders at Parkhead, in a result that puts extra pressure on under-fire boss Neil Lennon.
Lennon’s men have only won one of their last six games, and Sutton thinks that’s far from good enough.
Speaking on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra (Friday, 18:18) the Englishman said: “Europe is a big deal for Celtic.
“We are not talking Champions League level here, we are talking for Celtic to compete reasonably in the Europa League.
“They look like they are done now.
“When Neil comes out and uses the language that he did, then I think there has to be question marks over himself.
“He has to take responsibility which I think he did last night.
“When you talk about a culture change I think alarm bells will be ringing at board level and Peter Lawwell will be thinking ‘is Neil Lennon getting the most out of this dressing room?’
“At this moment in time, this season, clearly not. I think it’s dangerous times for him.”
Those were big comments by Sutton standards
Given that Sutton is a former team-mate of Lennon, and rarely criticises the Northern Irishman, those comments are probably about as far as he’s ever going to go.
The fact that a backer like Sutton is even saying that there are big question marks over our boss suggests that we are really reaching crisis point.
Surely the Celtic board are not happy with what they are seeing from game to game.
But will they be keen to sack Lennon when doing so would admit that they made the wrong call in hiring him?
Perhaps ten in-a-row is too important and the likes of Lawwell and Dermot Desmond should swallow some pride and make the change that is required.
It pains all of us to have to admit that Lennon may not be up to the task.
But it’s down to the decision makers to make the brave call.