Michael Stewart not having Gary Holt's Celtic praise

By David Walton

November 25, 2019

Scottish football pundit Michael Stewart has shot down Livingston manager Gary Holt for overpraising Celtic on Saturday.

The Livi boss watched his side get mauled by the Champions in a 4-0 defeat. He then came out and told the BBC that Celtic are a “world-class” side.

Celtic have been sweeping all before them in both Scotland and in Europe in recent weeks. We’re on an eight-match winning run, whilst we have an aggregate score of 18-0 in our last four league matches.

Neil Lennon’s Celtic have been ruthless (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But Stewart wasn’t having the idea of us being a world-class side. Speaking on BBC’s Sportsound, here’s what the former Hearts midfielder had to say:

“Look, there were a couple of things there that were a wee bit over the top. The Celtic goals weren’t horrible.

“I don’t think Celtic are world class, they are certainly the top team in the country and they are doing very well in Europe but world class? Perhaps that is a step too far.”

Celtic showing no signs of letting up

You can see Stewart’s point as he tries to look at things logically. World-class would suggest that we’re up there with the best teams in world football. Yes, that does seem a step too far for now.

However, this Celtic side certainly oozes class in every position on the pitch at the moment. There’s not one position in our starting XI that needs upgrading in January. That’s a testament to Neil Lennon’s recruitment over the summer too.

Neil Lennon has recruited sensationally well (Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

Holt watched on as his side were simply blown away by Celtic’s quality. He suffered a similar fate to the likes of Derek McInnes, Paul Heckingbottom, Craig Levein, and Steven Gerrard respectively. This team just looks relentless.

Added to that, our European exploits have earned us such lofty praise too. Beating Lazio both home and away, the side sitting third in Serie A, suggests that this Celtic team won’t only make waves in Scotland.

Celtic have been sensational both at home and in Europe this season (Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

For the first time in a long time, you can seriously sense something special happening for the club both at home and in Europe. The consistency Lennon has managed has been massively impressive considering the amount of competitions he’s juggling.

So Stewart has a point, but it shouldn’t detract from our achievements and the potential of the squad. We may not be world-class, but we’re certainly full of class.