Ex-Celtic favourite Kris Commons has opened up on Neil Lennon’s post-match bus grillings and believes that three top-flight managers are already under intense pressure – just three games into the Scottish Premiership season.

Commons has expressed his concern about Jack Ross’s start to life at Tannadice. They were comprehensively beaten by Hearts at Tynecastle yesterday, just days after their 7-0 European defeat against AZ Alkmaar.

The Terrors looked to have put an exciting squad together after investing heavily during the summer, but have yet to register a win this season, with their only point coming against Kilmarnock on the opening day.

Commons believes there are a few managers under pressure already at this early stage of the season and isn’t sure Goodwin and Johnson have got what it takes to turn around the fortunes of some of the Scottish Premiership’s top sides.

He said to the Daily Mail: "I've said before that I don't like to see managers getting the bullet after five or six games. But we all saw Graham Alexander leave Motherwell before a ball was kicked in the Premiership this season and there are several managers in the Premiership now under severe scrutiny.

"I've been on bus journeys back from defeats with Celtic under Neil Lennon and we had watched the full game back before we got back to Celtic Park.

"Lenny would be saying to players 'what were you thinking there? What were you doing there?'

"The bus journey home from Tynecastle yesterday must have been quite something for the United players after losing heavily back-to-back.

"Without a shadow of a doubt, Jack Ross is under pressure. His team are not conceding last-minute goals and losing matches unluckily. They are getting absolutely pummelled."

Jim Goodwin’s revolutionised Aberdeen side looked to have turned a corner after a disastrous season last term. They cruised to victory in their League Cup encounters albeit against lower league opposition but were defeated by Steven Hammell’s Motherwell on Saturday. 

Hibernian were another side who fell well short of expectations last season and Lee Johnson has been handed the major rebuilding job at Easter Road. He’s already watched his side crash out of the Premier Sports Cup – and they were defeated by Livingston at the weekend after an underwhelming start to the season. 

Commons added: "Jim Goodwin is another who is under pressure after Saturday's 3-2 loss to Motherwell at Pittodrie left him with just three wins in 15 league games.

"I don't really know Jim but I look at the football Aberdeen play and I've seen his interviews and he's not a manager who gives me huge confidence he's going to turn that club around.

"He's been well backed in the transfer market but he's not a manager I think is going to make Aberdeen into a powerhouse.

"At least under Derek McInnes you knew what you were getting with Aberdeen. You knew you were up against a team that could potentially beat you.

"Derek's team took Brendan Rodgers' invincible treble winners all the way to injury time in the 2017 Scottish Cup final before Tom Rogic struck the winner.

"That shows where Aberdeen were. Where are they now? I've got a friend who is an Aberdeen fan and he doesn't even want to speak about it because it's that bad.

"Lee Johnson at Hibs is another manager feeling the pressure. They are another club that has spent a few quid but, as I said last week, I wouldn't know if they are a pressing team or if they are trying to defend in a low block, sitting happily on the 18-yard box and looking for a breakaway with the pace of Martin Boyle.

"They play so many long balls. It's lottery football. You buy a ticket and hope for the best. There's no plan there. I think Hibs will blow very hot and cold this year."