'This is one game'; Chris Sutton brings Celtic excitement back down to earth

By Euan Davidson

December 11, 2020

Celtic legend Chris Sutton always has plenty to say after matches.

The former striker was keeping his expectations in check for Neil Lennon’s side, even after an enthralling 3-2 win over Lille in the Europa League last night.

On typically blunt form over on BT Sport’s twitter page, Sutton kept things in perspective for Celtic fans. While last night’s win was a potential momentum shifter, the BT Sport pundit kept his excitement extremely concealed.

Sutton said: “What do you expect, me to be elated?

“Neil Lennon described it as ‘baby steps’ after the game and I would agree with that. Positives: Soro, Turnbull, Henderson coming off the bench, but I can’t sit here and honestly say I’m delighted about things.

“It’s been absolutely shocking, the campaign. The season has been shocking. This is one game. I’m not getting excited.”


Ismaila Soro is a must-start on Sunday / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“Soro must start”

The former Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea man also had a lot to offer in terms of team selection.

Sutton added:

“I think that Soro has to start, therefore you have to leave Scott Brown out.

“Then Rogic, who’s actually played OK since he came back into the team… how can you leave Turnbull out after a performance, the goal was lovely.

“I would play Ryan Christie on the right-hand side, Elyounoussi on the left-hand side, and Edouard up top.

“I think the back four… it just seemed steadier. Jullien coming back has been a big positive.

“The goalkeeping situation I’m finding really, really interesting. [Hazard] didn’t do anything wrong. So how can you leave him out when both the other goalkeepers have been in poor form this season?”


Chris Sutton during his playing days / (Clive Brunskill/ALLSPORT)

Sutton impact

Chris Sutton’s views always hold weight in the Celtic support, despite his recent experimentation with utter hypocrisy. Alongside other ex-pros like Alan Thompson, he may have damaged his reputation as a no-nonsense pundit.

That said, it’s hard to argue with his views on the players. He’s right to suggest that Scott Brown should be left out of the team. Hazard does, indeed, deserve another go between the sticks. We beat him to it in saying that, admittedly, but he’s still very much correct here.

Also , we probably shouldn’t get too caught up in last night’s victory. We don’t do “carried away”. Or at least, we should try to temper our expectations until Celtic are able to catch up in the Premiership.