Former Celtic man Chris Sutton rarely bites his tongue when asked for an opinion.
So, it makes sense that the ex-striker hit the mark when describing his former club this season. Speaking on his weekly gig Scottish Football Extra on BT Sport, the former Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers hitman joined Darrell Currie and Ally McCoist to preview the weekend’s games.
Initially reluctant to speak about his former club, Sutton opened up with typical vigour, claiming that Rangers had essentially won the title and that Celtic had to put up.
We don’t always agree with the Hoops hero. However, it’s hard to argue with some of the points he made here.
“This season has been a catastrophe on the pitch 𝙖𝙣𝙙 off the pitch!”
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 15, 2021
Chris Sutton talks CEO and “absolute disaster” of a season
The ex-Celtic man Chris Sutton was, as always, blunt.
Sutton told BT Sport:
“I think Celtic have to suck it up. They’ve dominated for so many years.
“This season has been a catastrophe, on the pitch and off the pitch. I think Peter Lawwell certainly did the right thing in coming out and apologising. He accepted the Dubai trip was wrong.
“There’s no doubt he made an error in saying that Covid had affected Celtic more than other clubs. I’m not so sure he meant it in the way that many people have come out and slammed him for. He can only speak for himself and put that right.
“They have to move on, make sure they finish in second place. I’m not so sure it’s a forgone conclusion.
“What tells us from this season that Celtic haven’t got a few more blips in them?
“Neil Lennon somehow needs to get the trust of the fans back behind him. I think it’s going to be very, very difficult, this season has been an absolute disaster for Celtic.”
Celtic hero may be a bit dramatic about second place
To be entirely honest, it’s hard to disagree with much of what Chris Sutton is saying about Celtic here. He’s perhaps being a tad hysterical with his comments about second place, but he’s right to suggest that the season has been an absolute disaster.
Celtic supporters, and much of the Scottish football audience, expected the Bhoys to reach 10IAR. Instead, the wheels have come off entirely, with Rangers leading the Premiership by 21 points.
On and off the pitch, the club have fallen short of the standards that Chris Sutton will have been accustomed to at Celtic. Even since Brendan Rodgers, it’d be optimistic to suggest that the culture of the club hasn’t worsened over time.
Now, we’re seeing the effects of that. Celtic face Livingston tomorrow, and it’s a must-win.