By Will Butcher
Chris Sutton has claimed Callum McGregor’s miss against Borussia Moenchengladbach will prove pivotal in Celtic’s quest for European football.
The 23-year-old midfield ace was played through on goal by in-form attacker Scott Sinclair in the dying moments against the German side, with the score still at 1-1.
But Celtic’s number 42 dragged his shot wide past Yann Sommer’s goal, leaving Celtic with an almost impossible task of qualifying for both the Europa League and the Champions League.
Sutton claimed that the miss will remain in the forefront of fans minds if the Hoops fail to qualify for European football after Christmas, with a third-placed finish needed for the Europa League.
“I don’t want to heap it all on Callum McGregor but I fear his miss near the end is going to prove to be absolutely crucial,” Sutton claimed in his Daily Record column.
“There is a real possibility they will be looking back at the end of the group and realising that was the moment that cost the side European football after Christmas.”
Celtic’s failure to secure three points against 10 men in the dying moments means they sit bottom of Group C, with Manchester City, Barcelona and Gladbach all ahead of them.
Brendan Rodgers’ side would need a dramatic result against either Pep Guardiola’s side or the La Liga giants to secure third spot and enter the Europa League, as well as hoping Gladbach lose their two remaining games.
If Armstrong’s chance has nestled in the corner of the net, Europa League football would have been on the cards as the Hoops would have moved to third on four points above Gladbach who have just three.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops have lined up a defender deal ahead of January transfer window.