Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has taken to social media to have his say on the club’s 1-0 defeat to Hearts, claiming the visitors were roughed up. He also suggested Celtic made a mistake not signing John McGinn.
The Hoops opened their Scottish Premiership title defence with a 3-0 win over Livingston, but on their first away trip of the campaign they struggled to get going against a defensively-sound Hearts side.
Celtic barely created any decent openings in the opening period, and in the second half the hosts started to get on top culminating in a stunning goal from Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty.
Brendan Rodgers’ men came back into the contest as they searched for an equaliser, but ultimately Hearts held on for all three points.
.@btsportfootball Well done to Craig Levein and Hearts⚽️Celtic roughed up by Hearts...a lot of changes for Celtic but not the depth... for all those saying Mcginn wouldn’t have made a difference... really??— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) August 11, 2018
John Mcginn 2 assists for Villa today... it rubs salt into the wound... what has happened has happened... Rodgers and Lawwell need to make peace and sort this mess out now⚽️— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) August 11, 2018
Celtic were among the favourites to sign McGinn from Hibs this summer, but the Scotland international ended up moving south of the border, joining Championship side Aston Villa late in the transfer window.
Villa boss Steve Bruce has since told the Scottish Sun how Celtic were in the driving seat for his signature, but for one reason or another the former Hibs man ended up at Villa instead of Celtic Park.
Celtic boss Rodgers was disappointed his side failed to beat AEK Athens at home in their Champions League first-leg encounter on Wednesday, and now defeat to Hearts will have piled further misery on what has been a testing week.