Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has not been impressed with the club’s recent performances in Europe.

The Hoops crashed out of Europe on Thursday night, losing 3-0 on aggregate to Valencia in the Europa League last 32.

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Sutton feels that the Hoops have gone backwards in Europe over the last few seasons.

“Celtic really have plateaued in Europe, if not gone backwards. They are too inconsistent’ he said whilst appearing on BT Sport Scottish Football Extra.

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“Europe hasn’t been good enough under Brendan Rodgers fullstop, since he’s been in.”

Difficult to match progress

The Hoops have found it difficult to match the strides in Europe they made in Rodgers’ first season in charge in Glasgow.

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The Bhoys were exceptional in the Champions League, the highlight being a 3-3 draw with Manchester City. Since then however, performances have been on a downward trajectory.

This season has matched last season as the Hoops have gone out of Europe at the last 32 stage of the Europa League. To make matters worse, the Bhoys failed to qualify for the Champions League this season.

 

Going backwards in Europe

It is odd that whilst the Hoops have continued to dominate domestically, they are going backwards in Europe. Brendan Rodgers will really have to arrest that slide next season. Beginning with a return to the Champions League group stages.

That would give the manager and the players a platform to build on, as well as earning the club millions of pounds.