Chris Sutton rates Celtic win as more important than performance

By John Reid

October 1, 2020

Celtic legend Chris Sutton took to social media following the Hoops’ 1-0 win over Sarajevo in the Europa League play-off, to deliver his verdict on the victory which put Neil Lennon’s side into the group stages.

For Sutton, the result was more important that the victory, which didn’t see the Hoops at their free-flowing best.

Important goal from Edouard. It’s not pretty at the moment but it’s job done and into the Europa” he said on Twitter.

Sutton is correct, especially after the Hoops made a mess of the Champions League qualifiers. When it comes to a one-off game in Europe, anything can happen. Therefore, the results are more important than the performance.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Of course, Neil Lennon would have loved it had Celtic been at their best against Riga and Sarajevo. However, it wasn’t to be and two 1-0 wins did the job.

Run of clean sheets is impressive

In fact, Neil Lennon would have been impressed with the clean sheets that the Hoops have been keeping recently, especially when you consider that Celtic have not played with a regular back three.

Still, Celtic can go into the group stages with hopes of repeating last season’s exploits in the tournament. The Hoops memorably finished first in their group, which included two great wins over Lazio.

Hoops should aim to beat last season’s achievements

It might have ended poorly against Copenhagen, but should Celtic keep the current side together there is no reason that Neil Lennon’s side should aim for the last 16 of the tournament at the very least.

Odsonne Edouard with Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The draw which is set to place at midday on Friday, will no doubt be eagerly watched by all Celtic fans. The pretty poor performance against Sarajevo will have been forgotten about once the Hoops find out the opponents in the group stage.

Celtic have recovered well from the blow of losing to Ferencvaros. Now it is time to see how the team fares in the Europa League.

In other news, some Celtic fans were impressed by Jeremie Frimpong against Sarajevo.