CHRIS SUTTON, Celtic’s former goal hero, appears to have taken another sideswipe in his ongoing war of words with Todd Cantwell.

The ex-Norwich City players have been involved in a verbal spat on social media since Michael Beale signed the one-time much-vaunted midfielder for the Ibrox club in January after he had been rejected by Bournemouth.

Sutton seems to have opened fire even before the season’s official kick-off a week on Saturday when he reacted to a penalty-kick won by Cantwell in his side’s 3-1 loss to Greek outfit Olympiakos in Govan last night.

GOING DOWN…Todd Cantwell is already preparing to embrace the Ibrox turf BEFORE Olympiakos keeper Alexandros Paschalakis makes any contact. The ref bought it and awarded a penalty-kick.

The home side were trailing 1-0 when the 25-year-old ex-England Under-21 prospect won his side a dodgy penalty-kick after going to ground following a ‘phantom’ clash with keeper Alexandros Paschalakis who left his line in the hope of taking possession of a through pass.

It looked as though Cantwell anticipated a clash with his opponent and pictures show he was already going to ground before the netminder touched him.

Referee Steven MacLean pointed to the spot and James Tavernier, who also scored with an award in his side’s 2-1 win over German second-tier club SV Hamburg at the weekend, tucked it away.

Sutton, responding to the incident on Twitter, posted a diving gif alongside a comment of: “Any pre-season contenders for the Simulation Game yet??”

Of course, the ex-Celt’s tweet may have nothing to do with Cantwell’s theatrical tumble in Govan.

However, having watched the non coming-together between the midfielder and the goalkeeper, CQN feels compelled to say: “For Todd’s sake, cut it out!”

No-one is eagerly anticipating another campaign dominated by controversial VAR intrusions and feeble, pathetic attempts to win penalty-kicks should not be encouraged.

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