FRANK McAVENNIE spent his career making life a misery for defenders.

Now the Celtic goal hero insists his old club’s defenders have got to make sure opposing forwards get no joy against the champions.

The fans’ favourite has had an about-turn in his thinking as he believes the Hoops MUST tighten up if they are to put in a genuine push to get back on track for the 10-in-a-row title bid.

McAvennie, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “Celtic can’t lose another game. I want to see them going for it.

“The team overall hasn’t produced enough. There have been moments here and there and I really enjoyed how they played against Rangers for an hour last week.

“If there is a position that needs strengthening this month it’s at centre-half. They have to bring someone in.

“They have converted two midfielders, Nir Bitton and Kristoffer Ajer, to the position and they have done okay, but you need a natural defender in there.”

Neil Lennon has had problems with the rearguard during a traumatic term that has seen him swither over his best goalkeeping option with Vasilis Barkas, the less-than-impressive £4.5million summer arrival from AEK, former Scotland international Scott Bain and rookie Northern Irishman Conor Hazard all being utilised in the No.1 position.

As McAvennie points out, the middle of the back lot has been far too vulnerable and talks are now ongoing to bring back former loan star Filip Benkovic, as CQN reported earlier today.

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