Chris Sutton implores Celtic to "wipe the floor" with rivals

By Euan Davidson

August 27, 2021

Celtic hero Chris Sutton has implored the Bhoys board to back Ange Postecoglou, so he can “wipe the floor” with Rangers.

Speaking after last night’s aggregate win over AZ Alkmaar, Sutton was in typically blunt form. The former Blackburn Rovers and Bhoys striker admitted that Postecoglou had done a remarkable job, especially considering the state of the team he walked into.

Two months on from working with half a first-team, and several Academy players, Postecoglou has moulded a side capable of beating a very decent AZ Alkmaar team. Now, another test comes on Sunday, with a trip to Ibrox.

Postecoglou, on current form, could be the first Celtic boss since Tommy Burns to secure a win at Ibrox on his derby debut [Daily Record].

Sutton, speaking on Premier Sports, was unequivocal in how he saw the current state of Celtic and Rangers. The frequently controversial pundit said [Premier Sports]:

“What happened last season was an embarrassment for the club.

AZ Alkmaar 2-1 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

AZ Alkmaar 2-1 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

“But there are signs now that Celtic are turning a corner and have turned a corner. So give the manager a chance to go and wipe the floor with Rangers.

“I don’t know what’s going on across the city this season. They were very fortunate they got Alashkert who were hopeless. They were absolutely hopeless and Rangers only managed to scrape through.

“And Celtic have a chance of turning things over. Whether it’s complacency across the city? I don’t know.

“But if I was Rangers I would be looking over my shoulder and be worried about Celtic. We saw the way Celtic imploded last season, could it happen with Rangers?”

Strong words from Chris Sutton, but Celtic do have an opportunity

As per, Sutton has gone for the jugular with his comments here. There will be a lot of belief emanating from Celtic Park after last night’s aggregate win, after all.

So why not go bold? Especially in the run-up to a derby?

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Honestly, for us, the timing couldn’t be much better. Fine, last night was a loss on the night, but we have the confidence from getting through the tie. That’s after six wins on the bounce, with four clean sheets and so, so many goals.

For the first time in a long time, it’s an assured Celtic who make the short trip across the Clyde on Sunday.

Whether Rangers are indeed “imploding” is yet to be seen. They’re still a good side, and after last season, it’d be daft to dismiss them. However, it’s Celtic in the ascendency just now.

A win on Sunday will solidify that.

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