Kris Commons has slaughtered Celtic's flops who failed to muster a single shot on target in Saturday's derby defeat to Rangers.

The former Hoops playmaker did not hold back when criticising the likes of Patryk Klimala and Mohamed Elyounoussi and claimed Vasilis Barkas, Celtic's new goalkeeper, has no presence at the back.

It comes after a dominant Rangers side won 2-0 thanks to a brace from Connor Goldson, Commons reckons his former side have 'lost their identity' and played far too many sideways passes, refusing to attack their rivals and slowing play up all too often. He also - while admitting they were always going to miss Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard - was disappointed with their lack of creativity.

"They seem to have lost their identity," Commons said. "No one is doing anything off the cuff or is being imaginative. Watching the ball being rolled back and forth between the defenders and the goalkeeper, it looks like a computer game from the 1980s. It's as if someone is saying: "That's what you are programmed for so don't do anything other than that". Everything was sideways. It was like watching rugby league.

"For all the world, it reminded me of the latter days of Brendan Rodgers ' time where everything had to be built so slowly up the pitch. They haven't got going this season. Even when they've got their strongest starting XI, they are not free-flowing or looking like scoring many goals.

"Without Christie, Forrest and Edouard, they were probably always going to struggle up front. But with amount of money spent, you'd still think they would have enough to put in a performance.

"Mohamed Elyounoussi looked like a rabbit in the headlights. Albian Ajeti looked way off the pace and Patryk Klimala didn't look like he'd ever played football before. As for Vasilis Barkas in goal, can he make one save in a big game? He doesn't save enough shots, has no presence and doesn't shout.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, Commons added: "It wasn't just the new recruits who were culpable. The midfield three Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham are all very good footballers. But is the blend right? Where's the flair player who can produce something out of nothing? Connor Goldson must have gone through about three cigars in the game.

"It was just so easy. There was nobody running in behind the back four to stretch them. No one coming to feet to show. No one looking to take the ball on the half turn and make defence-splitting passes."