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‘CELTIC PAINFUL TO WATCH,’ EX-HOOPS HERO

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KRIS COMMONS has ripped into Celtic as they continued their stuttering form with a second Premiership defeat of the campaign with a 2-1 loss against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park yesterday.

That followed the 1-0 reverse against Hearts at Tynecastle and the uninspiring goalless draw with St Mirren in Paisley just over a fortnight ago.

The Parkhead men allowed a first-half lead, following a header from Leigh Griffiths, to slip from their grasp when Chris Burke levelled with a long-range drive in the 64th minute that bounced past spawling keeper Craig Gordon and bounced into the net off his right-hand post.

And the Hoops surrendered all three points deep in stoppage-time when they failed to defend a right-wing corner-kick sent in by Burke.

Ex-Parkhead youngster Stuart Findlay, who left the club for Newcastle a couple of years ago, got up to head wide of the stranded Gordon who made no attempt to halt the effort as it hit the rigging.

Commons, the former Hoops fans’ favourite who didn’t play a single game after Brendan Rodgers’ arrival in May 2016 and who left at the end of his contract at the completion of that campaign, pulled no punches in his verdict of how the double treble winners are under-performing at the moment.

ON THE BAWL…Brendan Rodgers shouts for more effort at Rugby Park yesterday.

The ex-Scotland international midfielder said: “For three games on the bounce now – against St Mirren, Rosenborg and Kilmarnock – Celtic have been painful to watch.

“The football they have played has been so dull and boring. It has been absolute dross – enough to induce a bout of narcolepsy.

“They aren’t offering the fans any entertainment whatsoever. There is no flair. As a unit, the team looks so rigid and, individually, the players don’t look like they’re enjoying it.

“The supporters couldn’t give a monkey’s about how much possession the team has – especially when it’s just tippy-tappy stuff from side to side. There has to be an end product.

“Celtic have scored two goals in those three games that I mentioned. They got a late winner against Rosenborg thanks to a long ball into the penalty area, while Sunday’s goal at Rugby Park came thanks to some shambolic defending from Killie.

“There is no point moaning about teams parking the bus – that’s an excuse that simply doesn’t wash as a Celtic player. It’s a complete non-starter.

“You have to accept that most teams are going to play deep and be well-organised. That’s their prerogative. It’s up to you as a Celtic player to be good enough to break them down.

“I had it back when I played. It would be up to myself, or Gary Hooper, or Anthony Stokes, or Joe Ledley to produce a bit of magic and unlock the door.

SHADOW CELT…Scott Sinclair who is struggling for form. Pics: Geo.

“Who is doing that for this Celtic team? It’s certainly not Scott Sinclair, who looks a shadow of the player whose peers voted him the best in the country 18 months ago.

“Nor is it Tom Rogic. So often the playmaker last season, he has looked off the pace since coming back from the World Cup with Australia in the summer.

“Kieran Tierney – their left-back – has actually been their most creative player over recent weeks. That’s a poor reflection on a team of international footballers.”

Commons, who is now a media pundit and writing in today’s Daily Mail column, added: “Some people were pointing the finger at Odsonne Edouard – but that’s really unfair. He’s not the finished article.

“It’s not his fault he cost £9million. He’s still just 20 years old – learning his trade – and there are times when he’s actually the youngest Celtic player on the pitch.

“You can’t expect a young lad to shoulder all of the goalscoring responsibility. Other players in the squad need to step up to the plate.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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