You get the impression that Chris Sutton quite enjoyed Celtic’s dramatic 2-1 win in the Stadio Olimpico over Lazio. Not only did the Englishman quite literally lose the plot when Olivier Ntcham chipped in the late winner, but he’s also had a bit of fun at the expense of Italian forward Ciro Immobile. Well, kind of.
The in-form 29-year-old netted his side’s opener early on in Rome but failed to add to his tally as a rampant Celtic seized control. Immobile was kept quiet in the main by the strong Celtic defence on a heroic Europa League night.
And Sutton was clearly in a mood to bask in the result as he snapped a pic of himself and a cardboard cut-out of Immobile around an hour after full-time.
The former Hoops favourite posted the snap on his Twitter page with the caption: “Cheer up Ciro”.
Cheer up Ciro⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ePDA5K2hYW
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) November 7, 2019
What makes Celtic’s win over Lazio so historic?
Celtic’s win in Rome ranks alongside virtually anything the club have achieved in the 21st century. Yes, there have been memorable scalps against the likes of Manchester United, AC Milan, Juventus and (most notably) Barcelona. But those games were all in Glasgow. To do it on the road takes something extra from within.
Even the most optimistic Celtic fan would have scoffed at the idea of Neil Lennon’s plucky side taking six points from Lazio. The Italians are fourth in Serie A and were top seeds when the draw was made in late August.
They are veterans of this stage. This season is the side from the capital’s seventh in the Europa League in nine years. They’ve qualified from the group stage in all six of those previous seasons – three times in first and three times in second.
They’d lost just three group stage matches in 19 prior to Neil Lennon’s side turning up. Now that tally is four.
Celtic fans will look back on this double header with Lazio for years to come, no matter what follows next in the Europa League. There may even be a DVD of the two matches out in time for Christmas.
So you can forgive the wider Celtic faithful, including the likes of Chris Sutton, for basking in the glory.