Former Celtic star Stiliyan Petrov believes manager Neil Lennon should be given time to turn his tenure around while dispelling claims Gordon Strachan should be hired as his replacement, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT (23 October, 12.15pm).
Is the balance of power shifting in Glasgow?
It is only two years since Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic finished 12 points clear of their bitter Old Firm rivals at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, establishing themselves as arguably the finest side the country had seen since the turn of the century.
But since Rodgers was lured by Leicester in February 2019, the reigning champions have looked a fading force.
And with Rangers continuing to go from strength to strength under Steven Gerrard, adding more adaptability and cutting edge to their organisation and counter-attacking capabilities, the most impressive side in Glasgow are currently wearing blue rather than green.
Celtic were out-thought and out-fought during their 2-0 derby defeat to the Gers last weekend and followed that with another Parkhead loss when AC Milan came to town on Thursday.
But would Petrov be tempted to relieve Lennon of his duties and turn to a man who led Celtic to three league titles between 2005 and 2008? Not yet.
“This is only speculation,” Petrov said. “Strachan had a great time at Celtic. He had great success but we give up on people way too easy,” says the Celtic legend, before admitting he was concerned by the nature of Saturday’s defeat.
“Usually Celtic are competitive, they like to go toe-to-toe with Rangers but that wasn’t the case. We saw a hungrier Rangers. Ten in a row could be a big problem for Celtic.
“But don’t forget, last season Rangers started strongly but Celtic managed to find their feet and become more consistent during the season.”
Perhaps the biggest worry for Celtic fans is that arguably the most talented crop of players in the club’s recent history were performing well below expectations even before their deficiencies were exposed by Rangers and Milan.