Chris Sutton's brilliant Celtic vs Real Madrid verdict; roasts 'embarrassing' derby rivals

By Dave Flanigan

September 4, 2022

Former Celtic hero Chris Sutton has backed Ange Postecoglou’s side to test Real Madrid after their thumping Glasgow derby win yesterday.

The ex-striker reacted to Celtic’s scintillating performance both live on BT Sport and on Twitter, sticking the boot into his old rivals in a now-traditional fashion, but he was also keen to look ahead to the mammoth Champions League tie just three days away.

Speaking on BT Sport Score (from 3:20) Sutton said: “Real Madrid – Celtic could make it really uncomfortable for them. Everybody talks about ‘Ange Postecoglou only has a Plan A’, but they don’t half play it well.

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“He takes risks, he has the inverted full-backs, a bit like Manchester City do. They were too sharp and quick for Rangers.

“What I like about his team is they will go for the jugular against Real Madrid. It has the makings of a great game, don’t rule Celtic out!”

Sutton responded to a viewer’s tweet on the live reaction show, suggesting that the Rangers demolition marked the return of Celtic’s “era of dominance”, a claim Sutton was quick to correct as he gave his verdict on the game.

He said: “Not sure about this ‘the era of dominance is back’ when they’ve dominated the last twenty years on the whole, Celtic have been so far ahead of Rangers.

“Abada destroyed Barisic in that 3-0 game, he destroyed him again today with a couple of goals. Jota, what a player he is, and then the Rangers goalkeeper was hopeless for the last goal and Turnbull put it in.

“It was an absolute mauling today and Rangers have work to do.”

Whilst few are as keen to to have their say when Celtic do the business as Sutton, his enthusiasm was wholly merited, as Celtic’s performance yesterday was just the latest in a series of superb attacking displays so far this season.

The ex-striker is also correct to back his old side to take the game to Real Madrid on Tuesday, Celtic will surely give their all to impose their style on the European champions and make the game as uncomfortable for Carlo Ancelotti’s team as possible.

With so many exciting games in the pipeline, it’s a fantastic time to be following Postecoglou’s Celtic.

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