Former Celtic striker John Hartson reckons Brendan Rodgers will ‘demand’ new signing following Lincoln defeat



Former Celtic striker John Hartson reckons manager Brendan Rodgers will ‘demand’ new signings following Tuesday’s humiliating Champions League defeat to Lincoln Red Imps.

Rodgers oversaw the most embarrassing loss in the Hoops’ proud history in his dugout debut after Lee Casciaro struck the only goal of the game for the Gibraltan part-timers in the second qualifying round first leg.

The former Liverpool boss handed a first competitive start to Moussa Dembele in the British Overseas Territory but Hartson, who was part of the Celtic team that was beaten in the UEFA Cup final by Porto in 2003, believes Rodgers will step up his attempts to add reinforcements.

johnhartsonHartson, who watched the game as pundit for BT Sport, said: “It’s a totally embarrassing night for Celtic Football Club, it’s a ridiculously bad result.

“The only positive is that Lincoln Red Imps are not great and I think Celtic will get through to the next round.

“Things must get better and he will make dam sure that things get better.

“He will demand new signings and I feel he will have learned more in that 1-0 defeat than if Celtic won 5-0. I feel he will have learnt a lot about some players.

“I said before the game that Brendan Rodgers must have took the job on the assurances that he would bring in recruitments in terms of players.”

Hartson insists Rodgers must deliver Champions League group stage football following two years of failure in Europe under Ronny Delia.

Hartson added: “There would have been Celtic supporters watching it around the world thinking, ‘what an embarrassing result again, in Europe – again’.

“Brendan was brought in, not particularly to win leagues because Ronny Deila last season won the league by 15 points and everyone threw Ronny under a bus in the end, the press, the fans; everybody was against him in the end.

“The year before he won the league by 17 points but Brendan has been brought into to get to the Champions League, the Holy Grail, those big Champions League nights at Celtic Park against the Barcelonas, that’s where the money and the investment is for Celtic.”

Former Celtic defender and assistant manager Johan Mjallby insists none of the players got pass marks in Gibraltar.

He said: “This game created so many questions because no player out there answered any of his questions. It’s impossible for him already to find his best team.

“There are so many questions, who is going to play at centre half, who is going to be the playmaker, is he going to play with two strikers?”