Outspoken pundit Michael Stewart has told Neil Lennon his Celtic bluff has been called after their 2-0 defeat against Rangers.
The former Manchester United youngster reckons the team don’t know their roles in the 3-5-2 formation they’ve been deploying, and insists they have been under par all season.
The Hoops have been scraping wins prior to this with the defeat to Rangers the first loss of the season, but Stewart reckons it’s been coming.
And he’s also aired concerns that Celtic have been dominated by Rangers in the last three Old Firm games. Rangers have won two of those at Celtic Park while the Hoops claimed the Betfred Cup with a goal against the run of play at Hampden.
Lennon has insisted that Celtic are fine and has regularly claimed they are playing well this term but Stewart believes there are warning signs that things aren’t going as well as he thought.
He told Sportscene: “You’ll hear a lot of people saying about Celtic not being up for it or wanting it enough. For me, a large part of it was they weren’t comfortable in what they were trying to do.
“Rangers made it uncomfortable for Celtic. That’s not just today, that’s the last few games it’s happened.
“The game in December last year, that was a full strength Celtic team although they played a different formation, the Betfred Cup Final it was a full strength team when Edouard came on the park. There are the telltale signs that Celtic need to do something and to me, and this is the third game in a row, they don’t have the answers about what to try and do against Rangers.
“You can talk about players coming back into the team, this isn’t an isolated game. Celtic have been under par.
“Neil Lennon has been trying to play the bluff game in public saying things have been good.
“Before the game he spoke about Welsh and Klimala and how they’d bring an energy and an effervescence to the team, and perhaps that’s been missing. He’s not been saying that before.
“This is a wake up call to Celtic because I don’t think they’ve been playing fluid at all, they’ve been struggling to get the dynamism into their side.
“On the opposite side of the city with Rangers, they’re playing with full confidence.
“Yes they’ve got a game in hand, but Rangers play in a couple of weeks against Kilmarnock when Celtic have the Scottish Cup. They’ve got an opportunity to go seven points clear, and Celtic aren’t going to get the opportunity to play those games in hand until later in the year.”