Chris Sutton launches brutal attack on Celtic CL campaign, says what is most worrying
Chris Sutton has launched a brutal attack on Celtic’s Champions League group stage campaign for not being at the level required for a club of their stature.
The Hoops finished third in their group but turned in some sub-standard performances, particularly in the 7-1 defeat in Paris to PSG and the three home games, all of which were lost.
The one stand-out result and performance came in the 3-0 win over Anderlecht in September which all but clinched Europa League football.
Sutton, a veteran of three Champions League group stages with Celtic, feels that the Bhoys have “gone backwards” in Europe and has accused that they seem happy to accept poor results.
“At best Celtic have hit a plateau in Europe – at worst they have gone backwards”, he said on the Daily Record website. “There have been too many times when too many players simply haven’t turned up and the most worrying thing for me has been this culture of acceptance.”
The former England and Scottish league champion also feels that the Hoops have no chance of winning the Europa League, and will need to spend big money in the January transfer window just to be competitive in the tournament.
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“People suggesting they can go all the way and win it are having a laugh. January will be a big money for Brendan as he needs the tools to compete but his players need the belief – because these are the games which define your Celtic career,” he added.
Sutton knows what he is talking about during his time with the Bhoys he took part in some huge European matches, not only in the Champions League but also in the run to the UEFA Cup Final in Seville in 2003.
Celtic return to league action next as their extremely busy December schedule continues.
The Hoops take on former manager Neil Lennon’s Hibs, looking to extend their British record 67 match unbeaten run and to maintain their seven point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers took on the critics after the Champions League campaign