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‘SECOND RATE’ CELTIC ‘LACKS CHARACTER’ SUTTON

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CHRIS SUTTON accused Celtic players of a “lack of character” and being “second-rate” as they flopped 2-1 at home to Molde.
The former Hoops striker ripped into Ronny Deila’s disjointed outfit on another night of colossal embarrassment for the SPFL champions.
And Sutton insisted the Parkhead fans are quite entitled to look for more from their team at this level.
He said: “Celtic looked short on ideas and Molde were playing like Barcelona at one point.
“There was a lack of energy, lack on nous and a lack of know-how. I couldn’t work out Celtic’s formation and they were all over the place at times.
“The players didn’t show enough and they didn’t exert enough desire in the second-half.”
Sutton also blamed his former team for being “picked off ” and “disorganised”.
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And he slammed the situation when makeshift centre-half Nir Bitton was left one-on-one with pacy Kamara that saw the Israeli sent off.
He said: “They hit again on the counter and there was good pace from Kamara. As soon as Bitton made any contact, we knew he was a goner.
“The Molde player might have gone down quite easily, he might have played for it, but I’m afraid everyone in the stadium knew it was a red card.
“And Celtic were again punished for showing unbelievable naivety.”
Deila’s dejected troops still have an outside chance of qualifying, but Sutton said: “Is this Celtic team good enough to win in Turkey against Fenerbahce or in their next home game against Ajax?
“I don’t think it is unreasonable to expect a Celtic team at home to do a lot, lot better.BTY2PfJYGB9cdkwgfPAQWo_nBAvV804tYv_6-tRYrrc
“Quite frankly, it wasn’t good enough for a club this big. European football is part of the DNA and the support is quite right to ask questions about tonight and the performances in Europe.
“There are ways to lose a foot ball match and this was not one of them.”
Sutton, Martin O’Neill’s first signing for the club from Chelsea for £6million in 2000, exempted 18-year-old left-back Kieran Tierney from his criticism.
He added: “Tierney led by example all night. I’m afraid other players will have to have a good look at themselves.
“They’ll have to have a look at that young man and take a leaf out of his book. He had an edge to his game right from the start.”
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