Chris Sutton slams Celtic board after Champions League qualifying exit at FC Midtjylland


Anthony Ralston is left devastated after Celtic’s Champions League exit (Picture: Getty Images)

Celtic were eliminated from the Champions League at the second round of qualifying on Wednesday night, with former striker Chris Sutton pointing the blame firmly at the board, rather than the manager or players.

The Bhoys were beaten 2-1 after extra-time in Denmark and after they drew the home leg 1-1, it means they are out of the Champions League long before the group stage.

New manager Ange Postecoglou has come in, but he has been hamstrung by a lack of new signings and Sutton believes the Australian has been put in an impossible position.

‘No surprise Celtic going out,’ Sutton tweeted. ‘Ange Postecoglou has been dealt the worst hand of any Celtic manager in the last 20 years.

‘The powers that be should be ashamed of dealing him this hand. Years of acting too slow and bringing in players too late but this season is something else.’

Ange Postecoglou has had a very difficult start as Celtic boss (Picture: Getty Images)

Sutton expanded on Premier Sports, saying: ‘Dominic McKay [chief executive] should be phoning up Ange Postecglou and apologising. This is on the board and not the manager.

‘It’s embarrassing and mismanagement. This isn’t on the manager – this is on the board.

‘For Celtic to go out of the Champions League at this stage – we all know the reasons for it – the manager has been dealt an awful hand.

‘I said it last week and that it would be a miracle if Celtic got through the Champions League group stage.’

Postecglou tried to downplay the exit, admitting it was a disappointment, but rejecting the suggestion from a BBC reporter that it was a ‘catastrophe’.

‘It’s pretty strong language mate, I don’t know what your version of catastrophic is but it certainly doesn’t fit my definition of what happened tonight,’ he said.

‘This is obviously a disappointing night, disappointing we didn’t get through, I can’t fault the effort of the players, I think they worked their socks off, we controlled the game.

FC Midtjylland celebrate their progression to the next round (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We scored and then had a good chance to go 2-0 up and then straight away they scored and we lost a bit of momentum.

‘No, catastrophic to me means the end. This is far from the end.

‘You are suggesting this is a club falling apart and our season is finished, I don’t see it that way.

‘Yes, it’s absolutely disappointing, Champions League football is a priority but I can’t ask any more of the players.’

Celtic now meet Czech side FK Jablonec in the Europa League third qualifying round next week.


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