CHRIS SUTTON has used his RecordSport column to claim his old Celtic teammate Neil Lennon used the Rennes game to send a message.

The BT pundit believes by playing Lewis Morgan up top with Edouard out injured, the Celtic boss has sent a message to not only Leigh Griffiths about his fitness but a statement to the board he needs help in that area come January.

Bayo is out injured, Leigh is taking a long time to get up to speed and now Eddy has a niggling injury. We’re in a position where Celtic might have to use Edouard when they should be wrapping him in cotton wool for the League Cup Final.

Bayo looks like a failed experiment at this point. Injured for a large part of his Celtic career so far and only seeing limited game time when he has been fit.

If Celtic are to compete on several fronts in the new year, we can’t rely on Lewis Morgan to step in and be a natural striker.

Neil Lennon has the ammunition he needs to ask the board to go get him a new striker. Chris Sutton thinks the bhoys will need it going forward.

“Lewis Morgan did an admirable job and scored a good goal but it’s a not a viable role in the long-term for him.

“It’s not a position he has played often and he doesn’t have the natural instincts when it comes to making runs or linking up the play. Morgan’s movement for his goal was terrific and he had a couple of other chances against Rennes

“But Edouard is another level and he’ll be needed during this hectic spell in the run up to the winter shutdown.

“The fact Leigh Griffiths was only on the bench was another message – to him as well as the Celtic board.

“Griffiths still has work to do to get back to full fitness – while Peter Lawwell now knows Lennon needs to be allowed to bring in another front man in January.

“Forget about the Green Brigade and pyros – that is the real burning issue for Celtic right now.”