Chris Sutton says Celtic should have targeted Mathias Jorgensen and Fikayo Tomori

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates at full time during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round First Leg match between Celtic FC and FK Astana at Celtic Park on August...

The former Celtic striker thinks the club must ‘strive to win’, and says they should have signed Huddersfield defender.

Former Celtic players Henrik Larsson (C) and Chris Sutton (R) talk prior to the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12,...

Chris Sutton believes Brendan Rodgers was ‘badly let down’ by Celtic this summer as the club failed to sign a new centre-back to cover injuries.

Both Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko have been out in the early part of the campaign, leaving the Hoops desperately short at the back.

It meant 18-year-old Anthony Ralston had to be drafted in at right-back against Paris Saint-Germain at Parkhead, with Mikael Lustig moving into the middle of the defence for the heavy 5-0 defeat.

Anthony Ralston of Celtic vies with Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League Group B match Between Celtic and Paris Saint-Germain at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017... 

Writing in the Daily Record, Sutton insisted the club should have addressed the issue during the transfer window and named Mathias Jorgensen as a player Celtic could have targeted.

“Huddersfield signed Mathias Jorgensen from Copenhagen for about £2.5m,” Sutton said. “You can’t tell me Celtic can’t operate in that market and questions need to be asked about Lee Congerton’s role as head of recruitment.”

It is a subject Sutton clearly feels strongly about, because speaking to BT Sport ahead of Rangers’ televised game against Partick Thistle on Friday night, he also named Fikayo Tomori as a player the Hoops could have landed.

“The young lad at Chelsea, Tomori, he’s better than anything Celtic have got at the moment,” the former striker said.

Whether either player was on Celtic’s radar this summer is unknown, but the fact that both of them changed clubs (Jorgensen moved to Huddersfield, while Tomori went on loan to Hull on deadline day) suggests they were available.

As it is, Rodgers must find make-shift solutions until Boyata and Sviatchenko return.

At the moment it is not hurting them domestically, but it could be the difference between third place in their Champions League group - and therefore a spot in the Europa League - and the wooden spoon.


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