Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that Celtic’s current problems started back in 2012 when Rangers were demoted from the Scottish top flight.
Back in the summer of 2012, Ibrox side Rangers were demoted to Scotland’s lowest league division due to debt crisis, as reported by ITV at the time.
Former Celtic forward Nicholas has claimed that the problems that the Bhoys are currently facing started back then.
"It goes much further [than Deila],” the former Scotland international told Sky Sports. “It has been brewing since Rangers left the [top] league. Celtic got cocky and now they are a stale football club.
"The owner [Dermot Desmond] is stale, we very rarely see him here, we don't know if he is making big decisions anymore. [Chief executive] Peter Lawwell is in charge of recruitment when it should be the manager.”
Nicholas made the comments following Celtic’s defeat to Old Firm rivals Rangers in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Sunday afternoon.
The Bhoys lost the match 5-4 on penalties after it finished 2-2 in extra time, leading to even more pressure on Celtic manager Ronny Deila.
Celtic are likely to win the Scottish Premiership title this season, but the fact that they have still not wrapped it up yet suggests that the Hoops have underperformed this campaign. Moreover, the football played by the Celtic Park outfit has not been great.
With Rangers set to feature in the Scottish Premiership next season, Scottish football will get its glamour clash back, and this could help Celtic become more competitive and a better side.