Chris Sutton has admitted that he was blown away by almost half of the Celtic players who starred in the 1-0 win against Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday night.
Callum McGregor scored a fine second-half goal to earn Brendan Rodgers’ side a massive win that means a draw in Russia next week will be enough to see them qualify for the next round of the Europa League.
It was no doubt an impressive performance by Celtic, who had the upperhand for most of the fixture at a buzzing Parkhead.
Sutton believes that five players were all in contention to win the man of the match award, but the BT Sport pundit says that match-winner McGregor did enough to put himself ahead of the rest.
The ex-Hoops forward claimed that Moussa Dembele, Scott Brown, Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic were also within a shout of winning the award.
“McGregor but Dembele, Brown, Ajer, Simunovic ran him close,” said Sutton on his personal Twitter account on Thursday night when asked who was his man of the match.
Who’s your MOTM Chris?
— KING ERIC ♿️ (@KickAssCantona) February 15, 2018
Mcgregor but Dembele, Brown, Ajer, Simunovic ran him close???? https://t.co/PceQIziugl
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) February 15, 2018
McGregor was in fine form all night.
The Scotland international appeared to have been involved in all of the Hoops’ attacking play, especially in the first-half when he constantly found himself with the ball at his feet in the away side’s penalty area.
The second-half introduction of Charly Musonda made the difference as the Chelsea loanee came off the bench to supply a brilliant assist to McGregor, who slammed the ball into the Zenit goal as Parkhead erupted.
In other Celtic news, Rangers-mad Jim White has made a bold claim in the debate surrounding this Hoops senior man.