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9th Aug, 2017 | 2:14pm

Chris Sutton labels Celtic academy a disappointment after win v Kilmarnock

By Harvey Byrne

Former striker and outspoken pundit Chris Sutton has labelled the Celtic academy a disappointment after their Tuesday night victory over Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup.

The Glasgow giants included three academy graduates in their line-up with Anthony Ralston and Calvin Miller handed a rare start, while star Kieran Tierney captained the side.

They helped the Hoops achieve a convincing 5-0 victory with goals coming from Ralston, Tierney, Stuart Armstrong and a Leigh Griffiths double.

However, while Sutton conceded on his personal Twitter account that the academy showing was good against Kilmarnock, it hasn’t been productive enough over the years and that it hasn’t produced enough players capable of playing at the top.

Celtic’s academy has helped develop a number of well known names in recent history with the likes of Aiden McGeady, Craig Beattie, Charlie Mulgrew, James Forrest, Shaun Maloney and David Marshall all breaking through.

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However, of those names none have gone on to play for an elite European club after Celtic and that may be seen as a disappointment by some.

Meanwhile, Tierney is often linked with moves to the likes of Manchester United, but Hoops fans will be hoping he remains at Parkhead for the majority of his career.

In other Celtic news, Hoops fans aired their delight on Twitter after Kundai Benyu was handed his first start against Kilmarnock on Tuesday.

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