Chris Sutton has been left absolutely baffled by Nir Bitton's Celtic flashpoint

By David Walton

July 20, 2021

Chris Sutton has called out Nir Bitton for his moment of Celtic madness in tonight’s clash against Midtjylland.

The Hoops drew 1-1 against the Danish Superliga outfit in a frustrating night at Parkhead. Liel Abada’s opener was cancelled out by Evander’s fine second-half free-kick.

However, the game undoubtedly changed when Bitton was sent off before the break. After a coming together with Midtjylland star Anders Dreyer, Bitton poked his finger into the opposition man’s forehead. Quite rightly, he was given a second yellow.

And Sutton has been left bemused as to why Bitton felt the need to do what he did.

Speaking on Premier Sports 1 [20/07, 20:38], Sutton said: “It’s ridiculous. Why Bitton reacts I couldn’t tell you. He’s an experienced player, he knows he’s on a yellow card for heaven’s sake.

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“And then he pokes him on the forehead. Dreyer makes a meal of it, you shouldn’t do that, but it’s a second yellow and he’s put the team under so much pressure when they were in a position of comfort.”

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Chris Sutton spot on; no rational explanation available for Nir Bitton’s Celtic actions

It’s incredibly disappointing from a Celtic perspective how tonight panned out. After Abada’s effort, it looked as though we were on course to put ourselves in a powerful position ahead of next week.

If you’re being honest, there was a chance for the Hoops to potentially be two or three goals up tonight. That was stripped away from us by Bitton’s actions. We had all the momentum at 1-0.

And you have to wonder just what was going through his head. We had a chance to get our new manager off to an absolute flyer here. A chance to silence some of the doubters and get some positive press on our side. Bitton has managed to throw it away.

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Yes, you can point the finger of blame at Vasilis Barkas too. Of course he should’ve saved Evander’s free-kick. But chances are Celtic would’ve been in cruise control had we simply kept 11 men on the pitch.

There were so many positives tonight that we’re now discussing anymore. Why? Because Bitton’s actions overshadow everything. It’s hugely disappointing, and Postecoglou is entitled to expect much more from the Israeli.

In other news: Liel Abada announces himself at Celtic Park despite frustrating night vs Midtjylland