Celtic’s win in Lazio was unsurprisingly belittled by former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince.

The Hoops recorded a stunning 2-1 win in Italy to become the first Scottish side to qualify from a group stage with two games to spare. In addition, Neil Lennon’s side made club history by becoming the first Celtic team to win on Italian soil.

Celtic managed a sensational win in Italy on Thursday night (Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It also can’t be forgotten that Celtic have now racked up six points against the group’s top seeds. Everything about this victory was historic and beautiful from a Celtic perspective.


But, as usual, there’s always some down south who can’t see what the big deal is. Reacting to Celtic’s win on BT Sport, Ince embarrassed himself by claiming he thought Celtic had won the final going by Chris Sutton’s celebrations as he had an unsurprising pop.

INCE: What are you talking about? They only got past the group stage. It wasn’t the cup final was it? I thought they had won a cup final the way you were going.

SUTTON: It’s a big deal. We saw the English team Manchester City – they couldn’t deal with Atalanta the night before with the millions they’ve spent. Celtic showed them the way there.

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Chris Sutton keeps Ince right as he leaps to Scottish football’s defence

It’s not a surprise to see an English pundit looking so furious at Celtic getting a top European result. For some, it’s just hard to accept the idea that we can be successful on the European stage.

Ince has enjoyed the odd dig at Celtic in the past. In fact, you can go back 11 years ago to when he labeled us “embarrassing” after losing a Champions League game at Manchester United (Daily Mail).

Ince struggled to accept the enormity of Celtic’s achievement (Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

You can clearly see in the footage that Ince is struggling to take it. And for Celtic supporters, it’s beautiful to see English pundits desperately try to undermine the result.

Nobody will see or understand the context of Thursday night’s victory more than us. The way Lennon’s men rocked the Serie A outfit was tremendous to watch.

Celtic cruised to success in Italy to secure qualification (Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Lazio started on the front foot, but when Celtic grew into the game, it threw them off theirs. It was the perfect away performance, and the likes of Ince are clearly raging about it.

Thankfully, Sutton was on hand to keep the failed manager right. Once again, Celtic led the way to success in Europe on Thursday. For some down in England, that will always be hard to accept.


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