Chris Sutton, who will always have Celtic in his heart after giving six years of service to the Glasgow club, reacted angrily last night to Ronny Deila’s side’s exit from the Europa League at the group stage.
Celtic were beaten 2-1 by Ajax at Celtic Park, which confirmed their exit from the competition with one game against Fenerbahçe still to come.
The standards expected at the Glaswegian football club are always going to be enormous and for a player such as Sutton, who played during one of the club’s most prosperous eras, it is not difficult to understand his frustrations.
It seems like an age now since the side of 2012/13 managed heroic performances against the likes of Barcelona in the Champions League. However, fortunes have changed and the club clearly aren’t quite up to the standard of even Europe’s second tier competition, leading Sutton to blame the recruitment of the club in particular during a rant live on BT Sport last night (video below).
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) November 27, 2015
While on the domestic front Celtic lead the Scottish Premiership by six points, having won eleven of their 15 games so far, it’s far from a secret that the true yardstick the Hoops will always be judged off is their success or failure in European football.
Until this European problem is remedied, we can expect more anger from former players such as Sutton and fans alike.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena