Celtic fans troll Robbie Savage on Twitter after Southampton knocked out by Hapoel
By Emma Sanders
Celtic fans reacted with amusement on Twitter after Southampton were knocked out of the Europa League following a 1-1 draw against Hapoel Beer Sheva.
The Israeli outfit were relatively unknown in England prior to this season and after Celtic suffered a 2-0 defeat against them in August, with Robbie Savage claiming their European opponents were only a “pub team”.
Brendan Rodgers’ side had previously thrashed them 5-2 in round one of the Champions League playoff but Hapoel replied in ambitious fashion just five days later.
Southampton’s draw on Thursday evening amused Celtic fans ,who were keen to remind Savage of his comments and stress the fact Hapoel are clearly better than most made out.
Disaster for the hosts, as Buzaglo finds the bottom corner from distance.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 8, 2016
A late stoppage time goal from Virgil Van Dijk meant Southampton avoided a hugely embarrassing defeat but the team’s apparent lack of ambition proved costly.
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The Saints needed either a goalless draw or a win to progress through to the knock-out stages and though they had a few chances in the first half, Southampton seemed content to play out for the draw.
It came as a huge surprise when Maor Bar Buzaglo netted a goal for the visitors in the 78th minute after a mistake from the Saints’ defence.
Celtic supporters took to social media to troll former Leicester and Birmingham midfielder Savage.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
— Sean Waters (@swlarsson7) December 8, 2016
Celtic got slated for just getting past be'er sheva. same team beat inter home and away and drew with Southampton twice…. can't be too bad
— Joey Dollard (@joeydollard) December 8, 2016
When Celtic put 5 past Hapoel they were a pub team… Now they've beaten Inter and Southampton they're the Real Madrid of Israel??
— Celtic – The Musical (@Celtic_Musical) December 8, 2016
— Cecil Teapot (@cecilteaspoon) December 9, 2016
— Andrea (@celticlove67) December 8, 2016
So when #Celtic played Hapoel BeerSheva they were a pub team. Southampton (allegedly 1 of the world's top 30 richest clubs) get knocked out!
— Andy Mullen (@AndrewJMullen) December 8, 2016
Hapoel, a supposed 'pub team' that Celtic put 5 past at the start of the season have just put Southampton out of Europe. Dear oh dear ????????????????????????
— Eamonn (@Mondo_23) December 8, 2016
— P.A.M (@Beanbhoy1963) December 8, 2016
Celtic 5 – 2 Hapoel Beer-Sheva
Southampton 1 – 1 Hapoel Beer-Sheva
Still a pub team but, league one at best ????
— Sam Haggerty (@sam__97) December 8, 2016
Celtic 5-2 Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Southampton 1-1 Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Any comment @RobbieSavage8 , Robbie, Robbie, are you there Robbie????
— Bert Now! (@rcynic) December 8, 2016
— Ray (@Rama1978) December 8, 2016
In other Celtic news, James McFadden has claimed this senior figure was disrespectful.