Chris Sutton comes to the defence of Celtic and Scottish football

By John McGinley

December 11, 2019

BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has leapt to the defence of Celtic and Scottish football against critics who write it off and humiliate it, The Scotsman report.

Sutton is one of the most prominent football media personalities in the country, both in the landscape of Scottish and English football. Whether on BBC Five Live or on BT Sport, or even writing in The Daily Record and Daily Mail, he’s never one to hide his opinion.

Luckily he is also one of the most passionate defenders of Celtic and Scottish football, regularly found talking up the positives of the game north of the border.

This week he’s pointed out the stark contrast between the finances on offer to clubs like Celtic and others in England and around Europe, claiming people just don’t get the realities of our situation.

As quoted by The Scotsman, he said: “A lot of people don’t know Scottish football, don’t understand Scottish football.

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“The league gets humiliated! The worst team in the Premier League gets over £100m if they get relegated. So, when Celtic and Rangers football fans head into Europe, they want to see their team compete, but it’s not a level playing field.

“It was a huge night for them against a good team to qualify. Celtic’s first win in 13 attempts on Italian soil so fair play to them. The Scottish league gets a real kicking so it’s good to see both Celtic and Rangers doing well in Europe this season.”

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Celtic one of Europa League’s best

It’s fair to say that Neil Lennon’s team deserve massive credit for the way they themselves have represented Scottish football this season.

The Hoops have been one of the best teams in the Europa League this season, one of only three teams be confirmed as group winners ahead of the final matchday.

That’s despite not having the riches available to other teams in the group stages such as Manchester United or Arsenal. We haven’t exactly had it easy either, with Serie A side Lazio doing so well domestically this year.

Sutton then is spot on to speak so highly of us and our game.

We may live in the shadow of the Premier League, but often we can stand in our own light. We’re doing that more often than not under Lennon.