Former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has claimed that Celtic did very little to stake down a marker that they will be the team to beat next season in yesterday’s 1-1 with Glasgow rivals Rangers.

As quoted by the Daily Record speaking to the Daily Mail, Commons made the point that he believes John Kennedy’s side played ‘decent’ overall on Sunday but it wasn’t enough to send that message they will be the team to beat next season.

“They lacked quality in the final third, didn’t make the most of their half-chances and again showed how vulnerable they are when defending set-pieces. You never felt they had enough goals in them. Apart from Odsonne Edouard, there weren’t enough natural scorers in the starting XI.

“John Kennedy’s side were decent throughout but didn’t really send out a message to Rangers that they’ll be the team to beat again next season. It was far from convincing.

“As soon as Jonjoe Kenny overhit that backpass, you almost knew what was coming next.

“That inability to defend the box has been the story of the season. It’s killed them.”

Commons also added that he thinks the club will need a big name appointment, going into the new campaign as they prepare to try and win back the league title once again.

“Celtic need an appointment that’s going to excite the fans in the way that Brendan Rodgers did.

“The board will do its business quietly, but they have to offer some clarity in terms of where the club is going before they think about selling season tickets.”

Going into next season, the club has such a big rebuild on its hands. Whether that be the playing, coaching or backroom staff.

With that being said, yesterday’s game probably shouldn’t be much of a reflection on next season considering the overhaul that is set to take place.

If reports are to be believed the club have a clear direction that they are looking to go in to bring it into the modern era of football which is an exciting prospect ahead.


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