Chris Sutton's firm advice to Peter Lawwell over Ronny Deila

The former Celtic striker has been discussing the club's chief executive.

Chris Sutton says Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell should not hang Ronny Deila out to dry and, if he isn't going to sack him, should back him properly in the transfer market, according to the Glasgow Evening Times.

Indeed, the former Celtic striker wants the Scottish champions to invest and strengthen their squad.

If not, however, he believes Deila should go now to avoid the 'scattergun approach' of signing new players quickly to appease a new manager in the summer.

Sutton is quoted as saying: "If they were going to relieve Ronny of his duties this was the time to do it. It would make more sense to get someone in now and let them get the feet under the table so it’s not the scattergun approach in the summer where you get someone in you are asking unfairly to make an instant impact in the biggest games of the season.

"But if Peter Lawwell makes the decision to keep him there is no point in not backing him, because he is hanging him out to dry even further."

It certainly makes sense to do one or the other. Trying to somehow stay in the middle isn't working for Celtic.

The Bhoys are no longer a force in Europe and don't look as dominant domestically. It's difficult to see exactly where the Parkhead outfit are going in terms of a long-term vision.

If the club mantra is simply to make a profit when selling players and trying to spend as little as possible in the transfer market, so be it. But Celtic are Scottish champions and fans won't accept mediocrity for too long.

Sack Deila or back him is Sutton's message and, however much he has criticised the club in the past, this seems a fair comment.

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