Celtic hero Chris Sutton has hailed the influence of his former Hoops manager Martin O’Neill on his career. Sutton had a poor season at Chelsea, but he turned his career around after joining Celtic for £6 million in 2000.
So influential was O’Neill, that Sutton has claimed that he would ‘run through walls’ for his one time manager.
“I really appreciated what I had under Martin. My career was always on an upward curve and everything had been good progression until Chelsea hit me hard, where I was on a low” Sutton said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
“Enjoyed my career”
“Under Martin, I really embraced being a player and enjoyed my career from then. A lot of it was down to him. We had an amazing time together and a good team and I would have run through a wall for him.”
Sutton and O’Neill has huge success together at Celtic. The pair took the Hoops from a team who weren’t even contending for the league in 2001, to winning a domestic treble in 2001.
Duo helped Hoops reclaim past glories
The success continued in Europe, as Celtic reached their first final in over 30 years in 2003. Celtic’s run to the UEFA Cup Final was certainly memorable, and Sutton played a key part in the run, scoring against Blackburn and Stuttgart.
Sutton left Celtic in 2005 not long after O’Neill departed the club after five trophy-laden seasons. The duo won three league titles, three Scottish Cups and a league cup in the time they were together.
It could be argued that O’Neill saved Sutton’s career. Sutton looked to be at a crossroad after his expensive move from Blackburn to Chelsea failed. But the move to Celtic revitalised his career. Sutton will go down as a modern day Celtic legend. He helped transform the Hoops in the 2000s. O’Neill played a big part in that, and so did Sutton.