FORMER Celtic winger Davie Provan has accused the club's supporters of giving manager Ange postecoglou an "easy ride" as he criticised his old team's defence.

Appearing on the Go Radio Football Show, Provan - who has over 200 appearances for the Parkhead club to his name - conceded that the Hoops have been a match in attack for just about everyone they've played. 

However, Provan admitted he was surprised to hear of Postecoglou's intent to play on the offensive when Celtic face Bayer Leverkusen in Germany on Thursday night in matchday five of the Europa League.

The outspoken pundit argued that the Bundesliga giants will pick Postecoglou's side apart if they open up at the back - adding that he doesn't "get" the "cult figure" status he claims the Celtic manager enjoys amongst the club's fans.

"I’ve no problem with Celtic from midfield forward,” Provan said. "They’ll give the best of them problems, they are very creative and have good pace.

"But if you open up against a better side - and Leverkusen are clearly a better side - then you’re in trouble again.

"It just astonishes me that he’s already declared his hand, saying, 'We are going to go there and have a go'.

"I don’t get him at times. He’s almost a cult figure amongst the Celtic fans, Ange Postecoglou - because he was dealt such a poor hand when he came into Glasgow.

"I think compared to other managers he’s getting an easy ride and that could change very quickly. That’s the nature of things in this city.

"Yes, Celtic are on a good run domestically but I’m still not convinced about them at the back."