FORMER Celtic midfielder Kris Commons reckons most of Brendan Rodgers’ signings have “not made any impact”.
The Celtic boss admitted his frustration at the lack of new faces following the Champions League knock-out from AEK Athens on Tuesday.
Lee Congerton has been the Hoops’ Head of Recruitment since March 2017 – an appointment described as “outstanding” by chief executive Peter Lawwell.
Yet of the players who started the loss in the Greek capital only defender Jack Hendry has been signed during his tenure.
Midfielder Olivier Ntcham was the only other member of the starting line-up to have joined after Rodgers’ arrival.
Commons isn’t impressed and said: “Whoever is in control of bringing in players needs to have a look at themselves as the quality is not good enough.
“Everyone says he’s been crying out for defenders, but he signed two goalkeepers in Dorus de Vries and Scott Bain, two centre-halves in Marvin Compper and Jack Hendry, right-back Cristian Gamboa, he’s just re-signed Emilio Izaguirre…
“He’s had the funds to get good players, but they’re not making any impact on the side. He has three or four that pass the mark – Scott Sinclair, Odsonne Edouard, Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham.
“Peter Lawwell does not have a blank chequebook. Rodgers has spent around £25million on transfers – without signing-on fees, wages, agent fees – in 24 months. Lawwell probably thinks he’s given him enough.”
Defeat at Hearts preceded the loss to AEK, the first time Rodgers has lost back-to-back games as Celtic gaffer.
Commons, who did not play a solitary first team game after the Irishman took over from Ronny Deila and was released at the end of his contract, added: “There will be more pressure now.
“People will fancy taking them all the way.
“They need to get heads together, they’ve got some very important games coming up.
“All eyes will be on the September 2 game when Steven Gerrard brings Rangers to Celtic Park – there could be fireworks.”