Joey Barton questions Celtic performances, Sutton issues passionate response
By Amir Mir
Former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has questioned Celtic and Scottish football’s performances in Europe.
The 34-year-old believes Scottish clubs have not performed well in Europe for a “long period” even slating those sides that fail to make it to the group stages of the Europa League.
Former Celtic striker Sutton, however, believes Brendan Rodgers team have improved as was proven against Manchester City earlier on in the campaign.
The Bhoys did finish bottom of their Champions League group, but they recorded two draws against City, which was a worthy achievement, according to Sutton.
Speaking on BT Sports official Periscope account, both Barton and Sutton argued about the state of Scottish football, particularly, in Europe.
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“Celtic performed well in the Champions League against Manchester City who spent millions and millions,” Sutton told BT Sports in a passionate manner as he looked towards Barton.
“The Scottish clubs have not done well in Europe for a long period and that has to be the barometer,” Barton responded. “They are not even getting to the group stages of the Europa League the teams that finish second and third.
Sutton then issued a further responded by stating, “If you look at Celtic, they have improved and deserved credit for that. They don’t get enough credit. Brendan Rodgers has done a terrific job this season. He has improved the players.”
Rodgers side have finished the Scottish Premiership season unbeaten following their 2-0 home win against Hearts on Sunday afternoon.
They finished off the league season with 106 points to their name, 30 points ahead of their nearest rivals who are Aberdeen.
Added to that, they are on course to win the domestic treble, with the Dons their opponents for the final of the Scottish Cup later on this month.
Despite huge success on the domestic scene, Celtic recorded only three points from their six Champions League group matches.
They suffered a 7-0 defeat away at Barcelona but did record impressive points against Manchester City and German side Borussia Monchengladbach.
Nonetheless, prior to having his contract terminated at Rangers in December, Barton was part of the Gers side that suffered a 5-1 defeat against their Old Firm rivals in September.