Rangers

By James Black

Former Celtic star Chris Sutton has defended Brendan Rodgers after the Celtic boss was criticised for the Hoops’ 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich – calling the criticism “absolutely awful”.

The Bhoys were slammed by ex-player Roy Keane, who claimed they failed to learn from their past mistakes in the Champions League defeat but BT Sport pundit Sutton completely disagreed with any criticism of Rodgers’ tactics.

The Hoops were, unsurprisingly, outclassed by Jupp Heynckes’ side in the Champions League before returning to domestic action with a 4-2 win over Hibs in Saturday’s Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden.

Doubles from Mikael Lustig and Moussa Dembele sealed the defending champions their place in next month’s final – Rangers and Motherwell meet in the other semi-final – and Sutton thinks the way Celtic responded to the Bayern result was “really impressive.”

“Some of the criticism I’ve seen this week about him learning lessons from Munich has been absolutely awful,” Sutton said on BT Sports’ broadcast.

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“He’s been a revelation in Scottish football, as a whole, and for them to respond in that manner today was really impressive.”

The win over Hibs takes Celtic’s unbeaten run in domestic games to 60 without defeat – a record stretching all the way back to May 2016 – and Rodgers has yet to lose a domestic game since taking charge as Parkhead manager.

The Hoops face a trip to Pittodrie on Wednesday night to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

Both sides are level on points at the top of the table and a win for either would see them open up a three-point gap.

In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has issued a stern warning to the Hoops about their upcoming fixtures.

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