Chris Sutton has found worrying similarities between two dismal Celtic European nights, the Daily Record reports.

The Hoops legend has suggested that the 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague reminded him of Celtic’s 3-1 loss to Molde back in 2015 under former manager Ronny Deila.

That match was one of Celtic’s most embarrassing results in Europe for a long time, and it undoubtedly contributed to Deila’s exit at the end of the season.

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“A shambles”

“This was Neil’s Deila moment in Molde, that night in Norway when you thought the man was a goner in his homeland. Deila’s team were a shambles, there was a bust-up with Kris Commons when he was taken off and there were fans outside the stadium around the bus” Sutton said, writing in his Daily Record column.

“Molde back then was Sparta Prague on Thursday night. Team a shambles. Players arguing with pundits. Players on the phone during a game” he concluded.


Perhaps the only differences between Sparta and Molde is that there was no bust-up between the manager and the player, and there were no fans around to show their anger.

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Will the outcome be the same overall though, Lennon leaving the club just like Deila did? That remains to be seen. However, Deila didn’t really recover from the performances in the Europa League that season.

Current manager faces different challenges

The same could happen with Lennon, but he also has the issue of 10 in a row and a Rangers title challenge to contend with. Deila didn’t have that.

Ronny Deila and Kris Commons get ready to have a debate during Celtic's 3-1 loss to Molde in 2015

Ronny Deila and Kris Commons get ready to have a debate during Celtic’s 3-1 loss to Molde in 2015 (Svein Ove Ekornesvaag/AFP via Getty Images)

Deila did end up winning the league in his final season, and time is still on Neil Lennon’s side that he will be able to do that. However, the team needs to start showing improvement sharpish for that to happen.

In a way, the result against Sparta was worse, as Celtic were at home, and this Hoops team has won the last 11 trophies in a row. They just shouldn’t be losing 4-1 at home to any team. This is what happened though, and only time will tell what the consequences will be.

In other news, Neil Lennon’s promised culture change must start with his line-up against Motherwell.


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