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Chris Sutton hits back at David Pleat after his scathing criticism of Rangers & Celtic

By Amir Mir

Chris Sutton has hit back at David Pleat’s “nonsense” and “ill-informed” claims that Rangers and Celtic are damaging Scottish football.

Former Tottenham winger Pleat believes that the Old Firm duo are full of foreigners as he was particularly critical of the current leaders of the Scottish Premiership.

Pleat stated that the big teams up north “don’t need foreign players” because he believes that is stopping natural talent in Scotland from progressing.

Former Hoops striker Sutton issued this response to the BBC commentator after he made his scathing comments about Scottish football.

“Most of this is nonsense,” Sutton wrote on his personal Twitter account. “Contradictory and ill-informed. Celtic and Rangers team are full of foreigners? Not accurate at all.”

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Celtic are currently managed by former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who has guided the team to a 25 point lead in Scotland’s top flight.

There are a number of Hoops players that represent their national team, from the experienced duo of Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths to youngster Kiernan Tierney.

Furthermore, Stuart Armstrong, James Forrest, Callum McGregor, Craig Gordon, Gary Mackay-Steven are Scottish born players who have also represented their country or been regular features for Rodgers side this season.

However, the club’s top scorer and arguably best player this season, Moussa Dembele is a France under-21 international who was purchased on a free transfer at the start of the season.

Scott Sinclair was another summer signing, with Tom Rogic, Dedryck Boyata, Patrick Roberts, Kolo Toure, Nir Bitton, Erik Sviatchenko, Mikael Lustig, Emilio Izaguirre and Jozo Šimunović, others players from outside of Scotland.

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