Watch hilarious Chris Sutton clip as he defends Celtic and Scottish football

By David Walton

September 13, 2021

Chris Sutton brilliantly defended Scottish football and Celtic in a hilarious clip from his time on BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday.

The former Celtic striker was reacting to the stunning debut of Odsonne Edouard with Crystal Palace. The Frenchman managed to bag a superb brace against Tottenham Hotspur despite only coming on in the closing stages.

Edouard looked a different player from the one that was struggling at Celtic over the last 12 months. All of a sudden he looked up for the challenge and was back to making the right decisions in the final third. And Sutton used the opportunity to launch a staunch defence of the game in Scotland. Look at the clip below to see just how much big Chris was enjoying rubbing it into Robbie Savage:

Edouard looks to have found his mojo again despite only being with the London club for one game so far.

Celtic fans, of course, will raise an eyebrow at the sudden upturn in form. Especially considering the amount of appearances the Frenchman has had for Celtic and struggled over the last year.

Chris Sutton uses Odsonne Edouard opportunity to defend Celtic and Scottish football

If Edouard thrives in England, and chances are he will, he’ll join a long list of Celtic players who have gone on to prove England critics wrong.

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Despite the fact noses are consistently turned up towards the game in Scotland, our best players continue to show up the EPL when they join. Just look at the likes of Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk, for example.

The Scottish game is by no means one of the top leagues in Europe. We never claim it to be so. But it shows that it can be a good breeding ground for top quality players to make an early name for themselves. It’s not as if Edouard has improved tenfold since joining Palace a fortnight ago.

From a Celtic fan’s perspective, of course, it’s frustrating to see Edouard turn it on so quickly in London. Not because we have some sort of burning desire to see him fail, but because we’ve watched him produce poor performance after poor performance at Parkhead in recent months.

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The cynical will say that he’s suddenly trying again. That he downed tools for too long and is now deciding to start producing his peak form.

Whether Edouard did that or not, only the player himself will know. Normally, two goals for a former Celtic player in their first game in the EPL would delight us. But it’s fair to say Edouard’s certainly raised an eyebrow.

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