John Hartson criticises Mousa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths selection

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (R) celebrates scoring their third goal

John Hartson was not impressed with Celtic's tactics against Lincoln Red Imps.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Celtic suffered a humiliating defeat in their opening Champions League qualifying match, losing 1-0 to Gibraltar part timers Lincoln Red Imps.

The loss was Brendan Rodgers' first competitive game in charge of Celtic, and while he can be afforded some leniency in this regard, his tactics have come under scrutiny.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson was critical of his decision to start Leigh Griffiths out wide, despite him scoring 40 goals for the club last season up front.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates their second goal scored by Patrick RobertsCeltic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates their second goal scored by Patrick Roberts

Selected in his place was Rodgers' big signing Moussa Dembele, but the youngster failed to fire, and Hartson believes it was an error moving Griffiths out to accommodate him.

Speaking to BT Sport 2's live television coverage of the fixture post-game, he said: "He [Griffiths] is wasted out wide. 40 goals last year.

"Brendan [Rodgers] will realise that quickly. You have to play Leigh Griffiths. Alright Dembele bought in on big wages, big fee, but how can you put a top striker out wide, can you imagine Henrik Larsson scoring 50 and Martin O'Neill putting him out on the right?"

"They looked better when Ciftci came on, he got a few knockdowns... Dembele was a shadow in the second half. We did not see him. It's worrying the way he faded away."

Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal for FulhamMoussa Dembele at Fulham

A game in early July is too early to judge players making their debuts, yet this was a serious fixture, with potentially big repercussions.

If Celtic cannot overcome defeat in the second leg then Brendan Rodgers will face a miserable debut season at the club, immediately falling at an even lower hurdle than predecessor Ronny Deila.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

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