CHRIS SUTTON has told Neil Lennon he faces a monumental task rebuilding the Celtic squad should he land the job this summer.

The former Celtic striker paints a less than positive picture of the Celtic squad once this season comes to a close.

In fact, the BT pundit believes this is Celtic’s biggest rebuilding job since Neil Lennon took over from Tony Mowbray.

“Dorus de Vries should have been gone long ago and Craig Gordon is coming to the end of his career.

“Scott Bain has done fine since he was introduced to the line-up on a regular basis but he’s not been in long enough to prove he’s No.1 for the foreseeable future and competition’s a must.

“At right-back, Mikael Lustig has come back into the side for Lennon but age is not on his side and, while he can still do a job, he can’t play 60 games a season going forward, either.

“Jeremy Toljan will be sent back to Borussia Dortmund having not done a lot and, on the other side, there is proper back-up needed for Kieran Tierney as Emilio Izaguirre has served his time.”

Mikael Lustig might be handed a new deal, but de Vries and Gordon look as good as done at the club. Izzy will leave at the end of the season along with Toljan for sure.

Sutton has pointed out the only Celtic constant in defender going forward is Kieran Tierney, although Kristoffer Ajer’s rise to prominence in the past few months could see Celtic only need a right back and one centre back in this summer.

There are players coming in and heading back from loan, the defence is a real issue and it will only take cold hard cash to solve the problem.


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