Chris Sutton says that Celtic’s forwards need to up their game if the club are to have a good season.

The Englishman was no stranger to putting the ball in the net for the Hoops, and it seems like he’s growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of output from Celtic’s current frontline.

Sutton was part of BT Sport’s coverage of our Europa League defeat to AC Milan, and he appeared on the channel’s Scottish Football Extra on Friday too. (BT Sport 1, 6:25pm)

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He said: “Celtic could do with one of the centre-forwards turning up this season.

“I know Neil was heartened by Ajeti’s performance, but the centre-forwards clearly this season haven’t turned up.

Albian Ajeti battles with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Albian Ajeti battles with Zlatan Ibrahimovic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

“They haven’t done enough in games and it’s a huge, huge problem.

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“I thought it was a bold move to go with Griffiths and Ajeti up top. Two players who were still trying to find their fitness levels.

“If you put those two together, Ryan Christie is fitter than the pair of them.”

Sutton was wrong to single out attackers

There are clearly worries about the Celtic frontline but it does seem strange that Sutton was at pains to highlight it over other glaring issues in the team.

 

For this writer, the midfield and defence are both even bigger worries, while so (sadly) is the current management.

We have good forwards on our books after all. Albian Ajeti looks a right good player and already has five in seven league appearances.

We know that Odsonne Edouard will come good at some stage, and so should Leigh Griffiths.

Celtic star Odsonne Edouard

Celtic star Odsonne Edouard / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Patryk Klimala has also shown glimpses of potential, but should rightly be viewed as our fourth choice option at present.

The forwards were pretty anonymous against Rangers and Milan but, to me, that seemed to be more down to them getting little or no service.

If we can sort the other glaring issues in the team – namely the stale midfield – we should be able to create more for our talented attackers.

Let’s hope that sea change begins on Sunday at Pittodrie.

In other news, an upcoming Celtic clash has been snubbed by Sky Sports in favour of a game at Ibrox

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