Chris Sutton has delivered his verdict on Celtic’s Champions League exit to Ferencvaros, live on BT Sport.
Neil Lennon’s Hoops bowed out of Europe’s premier club competition on Wednesday after going down 2-1 to the Hungarians at home.
Many Celtic fans weren’t too happy with the way the evening panned out, and Sutton has joined them in voicing his discontent at everyone at the club, from top to bottom.
Speaking on BT’s Scottish Football Extra (28/8/20, 18:36), Sutton said: “The biggest issue is failing to prepare. Responsibility has to be taken right at the top and filtering all the way through.
“This has been coming for years. We had O’Connell and Bitton the centre-half partnership in Astana, Janko playing against Be’er Sheva.
“Celtic have been knocked out by Malmo, Maribor.
“They should be doing better. It’s a bad, bad situation Celtic have found themselves in and they need to respond quickly.”
Ferencvaros was the last straw for many
Sutton is not wrong to criticise the board for recent years. However, many supporters will feel that Wednesday’s blame should rest solely at the manager’s door.
Lennon’s decision to start no strikers in a European game was unfathomable, and one of the main reasons for us losing the game.
Beyond that, there is a “malaise” at the club that Lennon referred to post-match. (Daily Record)
To get out of that, and avoid a disastrous season, we need some fresh impetus from somewhere.
As the manager is unlikely to leave anytime soon, that impetus must come from new signings.
David Turnbull is a welcome addition but we now need a centre-back, a left-back and a right-winger. And that’s downplaying things.
When Sutton says “this has been coming for years” some Celtic fans may find themselves awkwardly laughing. It quite literally has.
Legia, Maribor, Malmo, AEK, Cluj and now Ferencvaros.
Enough is enough. Something has to change.