Chris Sutton has slammed Celtic’s performance against Valencia, and stated that Parkhead isn’t intimidating anymore.
Celtic fell to a poor 2-0 home defeat to Valencia on Thursday night. The Hoops only mustered two shots on target against the La Liga outfit on a night to forget at Celtic Park.
It was certainly as weak a display as the Hoops have produced at home in a long time. Ironically, it comes after Celtic have won every domestic home game of the season too. Yet, the defeat also follows a 2-1 home loss to Red Bull Salzburg in the final group stage match of the Europa League.
And Sutton believes that teams aren’t coming to Parkhead in fear anymore. Speaking on BT Sport’s Facebook Live broadcast, the Hoops legend gave his damning verdict.
“I was really disappointed with the performance, Celtic Park isn’t an intimidating place to come anymore. There’s a lot of Celtic fans who are fed up with their team in Europe.
“They don’t have to play in a totally different style. The just have to tweak their style. Go direct.
“It took until about the 92nd minute for Toljan to clip a ball in and miss out the midfield for Edouard when Celtic had gone to two up. But they couldn’t get out in the first half.”
Difficult to argue
Watching Celtic on Thursday night, it’s difficult to deny anything that Sutton has stated today.
Valencia did start the game in a negative manner. Looking to sit off Celtic, they cut the supply to Callum McGregor but gave the Hoops plenty of respect.
Yet other than the first 10 minutes, not once did the Spaniards look flustered by the atmosphere. Instead, they seemed to relish it, knowing they were up against an inferior team and happy to silence the boisterous crowd.
Getting the fear factor back is going to be one almighty task for the Hoops. No longer does it seem as though Celtic can compete with the top sides in Europe like they once did.
Yet it’s also hard to believe Celtic couldn’t hurt Valencia on Thursday night had they played to their potential. Whilst there is a clear glass ceiling for what Celtic can achieve in Europe, that ceiling shouldn’t be under the likes of Valencia.