Cluj chief names Celtic as 'champions of Scotland' already

By Connor Gordon

March 4, 2020

Cluj general manager Bogdan Mara has jumped the gun by crowning Celtic as ‘champions of Scotland’.

Mara namedropped the Hoops in a press conference after Cluj’s recent result with Sevilla.

Mara and manager Dan Petrescu don’t believe they are getting enough credit for their achievement.

The pair believe beating the Celts was a feat and should rightly go in their favour.

Cluj chief in Celtic champions claim

The Romanian champions dropped out of the Europa League having lost to Sevilla last week.

Sevilla celebrate at full time after knocking out Cluj. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

The Spanish giants go through on away goals after drawing 0-0 at home in the second leg.

A controversial Cluj goal was ruled out by VAR which would have seen them go through.

This saw Petrescu spark into rage having been unaware about a recent rule change that led to the disallowed goal.

Nevertheless, Petrescu and Mara are hailing the European campaign as a success.

Mara told DigiSport: “We stay with the performance, Sevilla did not beat us, we forget where Lazio is now, where is Rennes, Celtic is already a champion in Scotland.”

Former player Bogdan Mara thinks Celtic are champions of Scotland. (Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

The general manager can perhaps be excused for being quick to predict the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic are 12 points clear of second place Rangers who have a game in hand.

The league does appear sewn up for the Celts who are about to clinch nine consecutive league titles.

The Celts are also en route for a fourth consecutive treble with the Scottish Cup semi remaining.

However, it shows how high Celtic are in the minds of the Romanian side.