Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has warned the Hoops that they can’t afford to make any early season slip ups in the battle for 10 in a row, the Daily Record reports.
Celtic get the league campaign for yet another title underway on Sunday against Hamilton. Sutton, writing in his column in the Daily Record, feels that any early slip for the Hoops could be ‘a disaster’.
“Need to be ruthless”
“Celtic…need to be ruthless from the outset. Every slip could be a disaster. I can’t see much margin for error and, given that Celtic have been over the course before, it’s Rangers who have to prove they can handle that situation.”
We will for the most part ignore Sutton’s comment about Rangers, although it is certainly true that the Hoops have consistently shown that they can handle the big league games, something that the Ibrox side have not.
However, as Sutton says, there will have to be a ‘ruthless’ side to Celtic this season, especially with what is at stake – the chance to make it 10 in a row.
Unique season will magnify dropped points
Every dropped point will be magnified due to the unique nature of the season. That is why it is so useful that Celtic have maintained a number of players in the squad who have been at the heart of the club’s success in recent years.
The likes of Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and James Forrest know what winning leagues is all about. They will play an even more important role than usual this season, as the Hoops deal with playing in front of no fans and going for 10 in a row.
Of course, it is also important to remember that Neil Lennon has seen and done it all for the Hoops as well, and it is surely a situation that he will thrive in.
However, that does not mean that Sutton’s comments should be ignored. Indeed, Neil Lennon will no doubt be telling his Celtic players that the Hoops must get off to a good start to the season, especially as the fixtures will come thick and fast.
It might be going a bit far for Sutton to suggest that early dropped points are a ‘disaster’, but in this unique season, the pressure will be on.
In other news, Neil Lennon has not ruled out signing another striker