Gutless, spineless and the top of the highway for Neil Lennon at Celtic.
That was Jason Cundy’s verdict after the Hoops suffered a chastening 4-1 Europa League defeat by Sparta Prague at Parkhead.
Lukas Julis scored a hat-trick as Sparta claimed a surprising away win that despatched Lennon’s facet to the underside of Group H with one level from three video games.
The Hoops got here up towards a Sparta facet who had a clutch of gamers lacking by way of harm and COVID-19 points, together with goalkeeper Milan Heca and teenage star Adam Hlozek, however it was a calamitous evening for the Scottish champions, who got here unstuck in a tumultuous spell halfway by way of the primary half.
It was a 3rd house defeat in a row for the primary time in 30 years for Celtic, who now have only one win in six video games and path Rangers by 9 factors within the Scottish Premiership, albeit having performed two video games.
Lennon has guided Celtic to 2 successive titles since returning for his second spell as supervisor, however talkSPORT co-host and former Premier League defender Cundy believes he should go after one other depressing evening in Europe.
“Gutless. Spineless. Neil Lennon can’t survive after a efficiency like that,” Cundy insisted. That is the worst at house in over 30 years. They’ve misplaced three video games for the primary time at house in over 30 years.
“He was underneath strain going into this. You might see he had a snap again on the press a pair weeks in the past about among the issues that had been being stated within the native newspapers.
“I’d just like the Celtic followers to inform me the place to go from right here as a result of they’ve gone from wanting like they’ll get ten in a row to wanting like their going to have one of many worst seasons they’ve had in an extended, very long time.”
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton, talking on BT Sport, additionally laid into the efficiency and questioned the will of the gamers.
“Some of the gutless shows I’ve ever seen from a Celtic crew,” he declared.
“A whole lot of Celtic followers are saying Europe doesn’t matter this yr. I’m sorry, it completely does. You play for Celtic, you need to compete in Europe. Celtic fairly frankly didn’t compete in any manner, form or type.
“It’s a dressing room the place it’s important to query plenty of the gamers, plenty of the characters.
“We see Leigh Griffiths come on the pitch, get his purpose however I have a look at his perspective all season and I believe Leigh Griffiths is a superb choice for Neil Lennon – he can’t be bothered to get himself match. He sums this Celtic dressing room up.
“I assumed they chucked it. They had been patchy within the first half, had just a little spell within the second half however they bottled it.
“That fairly frankly isn’t adequate. There’s a technique to lose a recreation. Groups really feel they’ll get at Celtic and this Sparta Prague crew battered them.
“Pathetic, pathetic. I haven’t seen this dangerous a show in a very long time. It was dangerous sufficient towards Rangers however this was a step down if in any respect potential.”
Sutton has turned his ire on Mohamed Elyounoussi, who was noticed checking his cellphone by the TV cameras whereas the match was nonetheless happening after he had been substituted.
Sutton raged: “There’s a participant sitting within the stands this night on his cell phone, that’s completely, completely unacceptable!
“That’s scandalous. Is he dedicated to the clause, is he dedicated to the membership? Completely unacceptable.
“I’d wonderful him two weeks’ wages for that.”
In his post-match press convention, Lennon refused to defend his gamers for his or her ‘lack of software’ and admitted it wasn’t merely not adequate.
The Celtic boss stated: “It’s poor. We began okay then obtained actually ragged with the ball. Our passing, approach, simply obtained actually ragged.
“I hold saying if we don’t defend set performs correctly we’ll get punished and that’s precisely what occurred
“There’s an absence of software. Don’t know the place it’s come from as a result of we had an excellent week, an excellent day on Sunday (2-Zero William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen).
“Lack of starvation was actually obvious. The hungrier crew received and that’s on us. I can’t defend the gamers. I’ve tried to over the piece however I can’t tonight.”