Former top flight striker Gordon Dalziel has insisted that Celtic players are getting away with poor performances, while Brendan Rodgers is being forced to bear the brunt of the criticism.


Celtic conceded a late equaliser and only managed a 1-1 draw at home against Kilmarnock on Saturday.


Rangers’ win over St. Johnstone on Sunday means that Philippe Clement’s men leapfrogged Celtic to the top of the Scottish Premiership standings.




Celtic fans have been left underwhelmed by their side’s performances over the last few weeks and Rodgers has come in for heavy criticism for the team’s ponderous style of football.


Dalziel admitted that he understands the ire of the Celtic fans towards the manager at the moment, but stressed that there was enough quality on the pitch on Saturday to secure all three points.



He feels with Rodgers coming under fire from all quarters, the players are getting away with shoddy performances.


The former Rangers star said on Clyde 1’s Superscoreboard: “I agree with the guys coming on and being angry at the manager and whatever.



“But I still look at the bigger picture and look at the quality of the players they had on the pitch at Celtic Park.


“They should have been good enough to keep a 1-0 even though they have not been at their best.


“You can keep pointing the fingers at Brendan Rodgers, his style of play and he is the one that stands out there and he takes the brunt of it but sometimes the players go off too lightly for me.”


Celtic will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they visit Motherwell on Sunday.