Neil Lennon should’ve stepped down following Celtic’s Cup defeat against Ross County in November according to Chris Sutton.
The striker turned pundit was team-mates with Lennon when the pair played at Parkhead.
They enjoyed an era of success, but the Scottish champions will almost certainly be surrendering their crown this season.
A poor campaign has seen Lennon step down as manager.
The Northern Irishman was in his second stint in charge of the club having returned to take over from Brendan Rodgers in 2019.
He led the club to the treble in his only full season in charge. This term though they have been usurped by rivals Rangers and find themselves 18 points off the pace with fans voicing their anger.
They are also out of Scottish League Cup and the Europa League.
Sutton has not held back in his assessment of the club, but insists Lennon’s departure does not fix Celtic’s issues.
“This was bound to happy, Neil stepping down. It should’ve happened months ago,” he said on BT Sport.
“Celtic have been sleeping this season. There’s been a lack of leadership all throughout the club and its a massive problem and they are not out of the woods just because Neil has stepped down.
“Many Celtic fans think Neil was selfish by carrying on. Neil thought he could turn it round.
“On the face of it I thought Neil should’ve stepped down after the defeat against Ross County in the cup. I think that was back in November.
“But now Celtic have to look forward and think about next season.
“The truth of the matter is that a new manager coming into Celtic, if he’s appointed in June, if he has to work with this current squad then God help him.”
Lennon’s assistant John Kennedy has taken over initially and is among the favourites to get the top job full-time.
Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard have also been linked with the role.