"Celtic would take Spurs"; Chris Sutton's bold Europa Conference League assessment
Celtic hero Chris Sutton has claimed that he’d love for the Hoops to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League.
Sutton, speaking on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra was speaking about Celtic’s departure from the Europa League. There are some potentially tasty ties in the new third competition, although Spurs aren’t guaranteed to get through.
At the time of writing, Tottenham Hotspur and Vitesse are battling it out for second place in Conference League Group G [UEFA]. But suffice it to say, even the thought of a Celtic v Tottenham Hotspur double-header would whet the appetite.
Sutton, who was part of Celtic sides that beat Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool in the old UEFA Cup, was adamant. He’d love to see a Scotland v England contest in UEFA’s newest competition.
And, with tongue potentially in cheek, he said Celtic would be favourites.
Sutton said [BT Sport]:
“I’d love a Battle of Britain. Spurs, Conte, they’re not in great form. I think Celtic would take Spurs.
“Back in the day we used to beat the English teams. It’d be nice to see, wouldn’t it? A Scottish team beating a Premier League team, with all the riches down south?
“It’d be good for the game!”
Celtic v Tottenham Hotspur on a Thursday night in the Europa Conference League? Sounds good to us…
While we’re not 100% sure just how serious Chris Sutton is about this, it’d certainly be a mouth-watering tie.
You can imagine the weeks of arguments beforehand. The radio debates, the “pub league” jibes. By the time the game actually came, the tension would be palpable.
Whether Celtic could actually come out on top against Harry Kane and co is a different question. But they’re hardly in great shape right now.
It’d certainly be a money-spinner. Tickets would be gold dust for a “Battle of Britain” in UEFA’s newest competition. UEFA themselves would surely be rubbing their hands with glee if Spurs make it through, and this is the draw made.
Of course, that’s all hypothetical. But it’s good to have someone like Chris Sutton fighting in our corner against the hype and riches of the Premier League.
Much depends on whether Spurs actually make it through. If they do, there are going to be countless eyes on the draw for the next round.