Gareth McAuley has been quoted by the Daily Record as saying that Celtic’s ninth consecutive Scottish Premiership “will always be tainted and hollow”, after the Hoops were given the title – and Chris Sutton has hammered the ex-Rangers man.
McAuley, 40, played for Rangers last season during 10 league and cup appearances before hanging up his boots after an excellent career that saw him clock up more than 200 outings in the Premier League for West Bromwich Albion.
Meanwhile, Rangers failed to close the gap between themselves and Celtic this season. The winter break saw Celtic improve their form and go on a winning streak that was simply unassailable for Rangers – who saw their form drop.
McAuley discussed Celtic’s ninth consecutive title win in depth, claiming the Hoops will be gutted they could not finish it on the pitch – and that the ninth win will always be tainted, alongside an asterisk.
“I actually feel sorry for the Celtic players. They didn’t win the title on the pitch, they were handed it,” McAuley said. “They have officially been crowned champions, their ninth success in a row, but this triumph will always be tainted and hollow.
“All their hard work, dedication and gutsy performances when they grinded out results will be forgotten. In the record books there will always be an asterisk beside this season’s Championship. I certainly wouldn’t be celebrating.”
Celtic were announced as champions and 13 points clear of Rangers, though Steven Gerrard’s men had a game in hand over Neil Lennon’s side. There were also two Old Firm games to play, meaning the Gers could have reduced the arrears to four.
But Celtic icon Sutton was in no mood for sympathy following McAuley’s brutally honest comments about his beloved Celtic, and hammered McAuley – stating that McAuley never had any reason to celebrate in Scotland.
Deary me…Gareth McAuley “l certainly wouldn’t be celebrating “… unfortunately for him he never did get the opportunity… https://t.co/N6DccT1Gqc
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) May 25, 2020