Chris Sutton perfectly sums up the shift in atmosphere at Celtic

By Euan Davidson

August 21, 2021

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that former Celtic striker Chris Sutton is capable of the occasional outlandish remark.

However, when he’s right, he’s right. With his latest comments, the ex-Chelsea, Norwich and Blackburn Rovers marksman has got it absolutely spot on, while sending a warning to our rivals.

Sutton, in his column for the Daily Record, said that mere weeks ago, the prospect of a trip to the Netherlands, followed by a derby at Ibrox, would be a fearsome schedule. But now, Celtic fans absolutely cannot wait for either game.

Ahead of today’s meeting with St Mirren, the outspoken pundit perfectly summed up the attitude at Celtic Park right now. From the doldrums and uncertainty after Eddie Howe’s refusal, the Bhoys have picked themselves up. And how.

With supporters back in their seats, and unfettered enthusiasm coming from those returning crowds, it’s all positive amongst the Hoops faithful these days.

Sutton said [Daily Record]:

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“They could be in the Europa League group stages and ahead of Rangers in the Premiership if it goes to plan.

“It could easily go the other way too.

“It’s going to be absolutely fascinating at Ibrox next week to see if Celtic stick to their style and go right at Rangers. Steven Gerrard’s side haven’t looked up to much this season and it will give them a heck of a dilemma. Do they meet fire with fire or do they try to contain and hope Celtic run out of steam?

“There’s still a lot of unknowns but something is certain.

“Celtic fans would have been fearing trips to Holland and Ibrox a few weeks ago, but now they can’t wait.

“That’s some turnaround and if they can get through these next few days unscathed then Postecoglou really will be up and running.”

Celtic favourite Chris Sutton sums up the positivity

We cannot wait, indeed.

And that’s the key thing. There was a time when a friendly against Sheffield Wednesday seemed like an unnecessary test of nerves. Without doubting Ange Postecoglou, it seemed the case that it would take a long time to get Celtic playing well.

Ha, how wrong we were.

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Next Sunday can’t come soon enough, despite Celtic fans not being allowed in at Ibrox. No matter; a win could be even sweeter against our rivals knowing they’ve got a full compliment of home supporters.

The atmosphere, the attitude; all changed. And while it was never a chore or a thankless task to follow Celtic, there were times last season when the team just looked completely lacking in confidence and spirit. That’s infectious.

With another rocking Celtic Park this afternoon, there’s a chance to build even more momentum as we approach a crucial double-header.

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