'Gone backwards' - Chris Sutton makes shock Celtic claim after crashing out of Europe
Chris Sutton has slaughtered Celtic’s performance in the 3-0 defeat against Zenit in the Europa League on Thursday, and has shockingly claimed that Brendan Rodgers’ side have “gone backwards” in Europe this season despite reaching the knock-out stages for the first time in years.
The former Hoops striker made the claim when he appeared on BT Sport’s Score show.
“Europe, under Brendan Rodgers this season, they have gone backwards. There aren’t enough leaders, simple as that,” Sutton said, as quoted on the BT Sport website.
“The fans wanted to see improvement in Europe, they were seriously unhappy. You expect Celtic to perform, they frankly didn’t.”
The Hoops dominated the first leg against Roberto Mancini’s side, and were well-worthy of the victory given to them by Callum McGregor’s goal.
However, the team just didn’t perform in the second leg, and were soundly defeated after an insipid performance.
The Bhoys will have to get the result of their system quickly as they face Aberdeen on Sunday in what might be their biggest league match in years.
Rangers cut the gap on the Hoops to six points following their 2-0 win over Hearts at Ibrox on Saturday, and Aberdeen have the chance to do the same if they triumph at Pittodrie.
The Hoops boss and supporters will be looking for a big performance against a side they have already defeated 3-0 twice this season.
The Bhoys have an excellent recent record against Aberdeen, and have won their last nine matches in all competitions against the Dons, but that will count for nothing if they don’t improve on recent performances.
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