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Sutton launches defence of Celtic manager Postecoglou

Chris Sutton has launched a staunch defence of Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou.

What’s the story?

Celtic endured yet another embarrassing night in the Champions League as they were dumped out by FC Midtjylland. After drawing the first-leg 1-1, the Danish outfit beat the Scottish side 2-1 to win 3-2 on aggregate.

Taking to Twitter to speak about the result, the former Hoops man claimed the Australian had been ‘dealt the worst hand of any manager in the last 20 years’.

The former Blackburn Rovers forward also launched a scathing attack on the club’s board. He claimed the hierarchy should be ‘ashamed’ and that they have been ‘too slow’ to react in years gone by.

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Sutton has previously labelled the 55-year-old as ‘brave

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Sutton right to defend Postecoglou

Sutton is right to defend Postecoglou amidst what is yet another disaster for Celtic.

The Bhoys’ absence from Europe’s premier competition has now extended to four years. Brendan Rodgers was the last manager to lead the club into the group stages of the competition.

And on the face of it, is it really a shock?

It is the failure to establish a strong enough squad that has really hampered Celtic. Transfer business has been really poor in the wake of losing key figures.

Kieran Tierney left the club in the summer of 2019 and it can be argued he has yet to be sufficiently replaced. Diego Laxalt was signed on loan from AC Milan, however, the Uruguayan struggled massively last season.

And then you have the contract situation surrounding players like Odsonne Edouard. While the ace is still at Celtic Park, the uncertainty surrounding his future is sure to have played on the 23-year-old’s mind. As a result, the usually reliable source of goals failed to score in either leg versus Midtjylland.

From top to bottom, Celtic are a mess and the early exit is far from Postecoglou’s mistake.

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