Chris Sutton has slammed Celtic manager Neil Lennon in the most powerful terms in the Daily Record, the Celtic gaffer has had a torrid time of it this year and it now seems as if every game, at least domestically, is a sudden death fixture.

We have Ross County tomorrow in the League Cup with progress under any circumstances what is needed, anything less and it will be doubtful that Lenny will be in charge beyond.

Writing in the Daily Record, Sutton pulled no punches.

Celtic can’t defend and you can’t defend Neil or the players. It was diabolical. Full stop.

The buck stops with the boss. That never changes in football. The Europa League campaigns are a clear statement that Celtic are regressing and Neil carries that can.

10 In A Row has brought an additional hysteria this season. There is no getting away from that. It’s very important, but it really annoys me when people say Europe doesn’t matter.

It does matter. It matters for the reputation of the club. And that reputation has taken an absolute battering over the past few weeks.

It gives me no pleasure to criticise the workings of a friend and a former team-mate, but you can’t disguise the truth.

Neil is in big trouble. It’s staring everyone in the face. He can’t get things going, he can’t get his team to do basic stuff and he seems lost.

His players are letting him down badly. Some of the individual performances and collective efforts have been appalling.

This is a group of players who were defeating Lazio home and away last year to make the last 32. Eight of the Rome starters started in Prague.

Neil might not be getting things right, but he’s not getting everything wrong, either.

Whatever is happening with those boys, it’s making the manager’s job 100 times harder.

Lennon and the Celtic squad in general need a performance against Ross County at home, a game we should expect to win, should we progress we must refocus, Europe is gone, but the 10, a quadruple treble and even a fifth is all there to play for.