CHRIS SUTTON took another cheeky sideswipe at former Ibrox midfielder Kevin Thomson in their ongoing war of words.

The Celtic goal hero and the Kelty Hearts boss became involved in a verbal joust before Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side’s unsuccessful bid to win the Europa League in the midweek clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Thomson had ludicrously claimed a win would surpass the achievement of Jock Stein’s all-conquering team that became the first British side to win the European Cup when they overcame the famed Inter Milan in Lisbon on May 25 1967.

In Seville, the middle-of-the-table Bundesliga outfit lifted the silverware 5-4 on spot-kicks after the match had ended 1-1 following extra-time.

The outcome was settled when on-loan Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey saw his wayward and weak attempt saved by Kevin Trapp.

HAPPY DAZE…Chris Sutton is about to be congratulated by Stiliyan Petrov after netting the winner against Rangers in a derby at Parkhead in May 2004.

Sutton inflamed the defeated supporters with his comment of social media when he stated: “With the amount of penalties they’ve been awarded this season I fancied them in the shootout mind.”

It was a clear reference to the number of awards that have come the way of James Tavernier this season and the barb did not go down well with Thomson who tweeted: “Lack of class that as an ex player!! Don’t surprise me though!!

“To see fellow pros regardless of rivalry get beat like that, it’s a cruel game at best of times.”

As Thomson’s old club and Hearts prepared for yesterday’s Scottish Cup Final, Sutton said: “Good luck to both teams in the Scottish Cup Final today If Rangers win it will surpass Celtic’s 1967 team as the greatest achievement ever in the world…”

FOR THE RECORD: Goals in extra-time from Ryan Jack and Scott Wright gave Van Bronckhorst’s side a 2-0 win.

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