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Tuesday 19 March 2019

Sutton's not sure of new Celts

Timothy Weah
Timothy Weah

Chris Sutton expects Rangers' January recruits to fit seamlessly into Steven Gerrard's line-up - but he is not so sure of Brendan Rodgers' "risky" new signings.

While their Old Firm rivals have gone down the tried-and-trusted route by securing deals for Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis, the Celtic boss has stuck by his policy of snapping up rough diamonds to be polished up.

The Hoops have splashed out a reported £2million to lure 21-year-old Vakoun Issouf Bayo from Slovakian side Dunajska Streda while Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah have also arrived on loan. But outspoken TV and radio pundit Sutton reckons Rodgers is taking "a punt" on a young trio yet to prove they can cut it at the highest level.

And with Rangers ready to go out all guns blazing in the second half of the season following last month's Old Firm victory as they bid to halt Celtic's charge for eight league championships in a row, the former Parkhead striker has warned Rodgers this is a call he cannot afford to get wrong.

Sutton added: "The jury's still out. Timothy Weah has good potential but he's not proven. It's the same with Bayo. Burke's also got a point to prove. He's had a couple of big-money moves but hasn't realised his potential.

"Rangers have gone down the route of buying players that some may say are past their sell-by date - I don't."

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