Former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs has said that Celtic’s line-up against CFR Cluj ‘raises questions’ about club’s recruitment policy.
The Hoops are out of the Champions League after the defeat to CFR Cluj in the 3rd qualifying round of the competition.
Callum McGregor played at left-back whilst Boli Bolingoli could only sit on the bench as Celtic were eliminated from the Champions League and Stubbs believes that questions need to be asked about the club’s recruitment.
The former St Mirren and Rotherham manager said, via BBC Sport:
It possibly raises questions about was, or is, Neil working that closely with head of recruitment Nick Hammond.
If he [Bolingoli] has been brought in, then how much input has Neil had into that? As a manager you need to be working very closely to make sure the players that are coming in have your blessing and you are very comfortable.
Because if it hasn’t been Neil’s signing, is that one of the reasons he’s not got 100% faith in playing him in potentially Celtic’s biggest game of the season?
Celtic fans, and other supporters, reacted to the quotes on social media.
A lot of St Mirren supporters took great irony in the quotes from Stubbs, especially after his poor transfers at the club.
Twitter: @BBCSportScot @BBCScotlandNews Stubbs has got a cheek look what he did to St Mirren and you guys got to him for an… https://t.co/KRoBv8ddOH (@Harjam7)
Twitter: @BBCSportScot Plenty of raised questions in his signing policy for St Mirren and Rotherham. https://t.co/ZthiGYe7Vr (@dobbit55)
James believes that Lennon has the squad to compete, but that it was his own failures that led to the defeat.
Twitter: @BBCSportScot @BBCScotlandNews He has a squad to beat that team he just got the starting 11 and tactics spectacularly wrong. (@jamesy0891)
Phillip believes that the players weren’t committed, and that was the issue rather than recruitment.
Twitter: @BBCSportScot @BBCScotlandNews Never mind recruitment where was the commitment (@philip777786)
David also believes there are other issues with the Celtic team.
Twitter: @BBCSportScot Or a dodgy team selection… (@Milhoose)
Read Celtic’s verdict
Despite Stubbs’ past jobs not being that successful, it is hard to not see his point.
If Lennon’s idea of recruitment is bringing in players to sit on the bench, then he really needs to take a look at himself.
Really, Celtic need to go out and spend, but now they can’t because they’re out of the Champions League.
It’s a vicious cycle.
The one thing that is easy to see though is that Celtic need to be signing better players, especially with Tierney, who was such a key part of the team, leaving to join Arsenal.