By Harry Sykes
Chris Sutton labelled Celtic as “embarrassing” after a “scared” and “fearful” display in their 5-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.
The former Hoops striker has regularly hailed Brendan Rodgers’ side for their dominance of Scottish football in the last year, in which they have accumulated a 54-match domestic unbeaten run.
But Celtic could not cope with an expensively assembled PSG side, whose big guns all fired on a humbling evening for the hosts, in which they suffered their heaviest home defeat in European competition.
In a devastating performance from the visitors, Edinson Cavani scored twice and goals from Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and a Mikael Lustig secured a scoreline that did not flatter them.
“You can’t get away from the fact that was embarrassing from Celtic tonight,” Sutton told BT Sport 3’s liver coverage of the match immediately afterwards. “The manner in which they played. Brendan Rodgers had talked about being positive and getting close to the PSG players, but they didn’t in the first half.
“In every department, PSG were much better. You can say, ‘you might expect that’. But Celtic could have done so much better, with the ball and without the ball.
“They were scared, they were fearful, they were on the back foot and that wasn’t good enough.”
Celtic are next in action in the Champions League in 15 days when they travel to Anderlecht and aim to get their group stage campaign up and running.
Domestically, Rodgers’ side next play on Saturday, when they host Ross County in the Scottish Premiership at Parkhead.
In other Celtic news, the club have launched a £1.5million bid to sign a midfielder from Premier League giants.