Celtic legend John Hartson believes suggestions of crisis at the club are ridiculous and stem from jealousy.
The Hoops lost 1-0 to Hearts on Saturday and find themselves needing to score in their Champions League third round qualifying match against AEK Athens tonight in order to progress.
And, despite a frustrating summer transfer window, Hartson thinks the club’s current situation has been blown way out of proportion.
He told talkSPORT: “There’s just so many Celtic haters out there, it’s unbelievable.
“What happens is – you’re serial winners and you’ve won a double treble, you’ve competed in the Champions League group stages for two years, there’s 60,000 people at the stadium every single week, there’s not a spare seat in the house and Brendan Rodgers has done a remarkable job.
“Yes, Rodgers is frustrated because he’s not been able to sign the players he wanted. But crisis? Come on, do me a favour.
“People just love to knock winners, don’t they?”
However, the former Celtic striker, who scored over 100 goals for the club, admitted Rodgers is irritated by the board’s lack of support in the transfer window.
The Hoops boss was reportedly interested in signing Scottish midfielder John McGinn from Hibs, but the 23-year-old joined Aston Villa instead.
He added: “There is a little bit of frustration that’s crept in. Brendan, they tell me, is frustrated with the fact that they’ve not backed him. Celtic are currently quite short on numbes.
“The McGinn deal was crazy because apparently Hibbs wanted £3.5m and he ended up going to Aston Villa for £2.75m.
“To think of the money Celtic have brought in and they couldn’t find that money to tie McGinn down, a player that Rodgers is desperate to have at Celtic. For the life of me, I don’t know how Celtic could’ve let that one slip through their hands.”
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