Sutton concerned cracks developing between Deila and Celtic squad

The former Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea and Celtic star has hit out at Ronny Deila for what he describes as his “ridiculous” post-match comments.

Ronny Deila has come in for stiff criticism from former Celtic striker Chris Sutton, who accused the Norwegian manager of “spouting rubbish” in the wake of the Bhoys' defeat to Hamilton at Parkhead on Sunday.

The 39-year-old Hoops boss has been roundly ridiculed by Celtic fans after claiming that his team was “progressing” and that he was “not worried” despite presiding over the club’s first top-flight home defeat to Hamilton since 1938.

And writing in his column for the Daily Record, Sutton branded Deila’s comments as "ridiculous" before hinting at disharmony between the manager and squad.

"For captain Scott Brown to come out with a far more realistic assessment of events tells me cracks may be developing in that dressing room. If they are allowed to widen into a lack of trust and faith that spells big trouble for Deila," he wrote.

The former Norwich City striker expressed concern at the fact Celtic have already dropped 10 points in eight games – a statistic he believes should have the manager "worried".

More importantly, for Sutton, is the nature of these results with a home draw to a poor Motherwell and the Hamilton defeat cited as two examples of results that are not good enough for a team boasting Celtic’s resources and squad.

And he also had a word of warning for Deila ahead of any other potentially embarrassing interview claims

He wrote: "...managers are judged on results and performances but when players and fans feel what the manager says is so wrong he loses credibility And when a manager’s judgment is called into question he is on a slippery slope."

Several big name managers have already been linked with taking over the Celtic hot seat in the event that Deila fails to deliver the title or progress in the Europa League this term.

Appointed with limited experience from his time in his homeland of Norway, the 39-year-old was brought to the club after Henrik Larsson opted against a move back to the Parkhead outfit from current club Falkenbergs, with the Swede keen to gain more managerial experience.

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