“Celtic will have to be brave playing out from the back,” Chris Sutton

Chris Sutton had his say in Ally McCoist’s hate crime comments relating to the Glasgow Derby on Sunday before moving on to discuss the game on the It’s All Kicking Off Podcast on The Daily Mail today.

“I will be there and I cannot wait,” the former Celtic striker said, Sutton though could give no indication on how the match will pan out and reckons no-one does.  “I haven’t got a clue. You know that and most people know that.”

Sutton has been impressed by the way Philippe Clement got theRangers back in contention after replacing Michael Beale last October.

“Philippe Clement has done so well with this (the)Rangers team to turn a team around at the start of the season who had very little belief, into a team that are now slight favourites,” Sutton noted. He added: “They have the game in hand on Celtic. Celtic are on top of the league by a point but this game is absolutely enormous.

“If (the)Rangers win they will have a real advantage albeit they still need to go to Celtic Park but they will have it firmly in their own hands if they win the game. So from Celtic’s perspective it is really one they can’t lose. It is very, very difficult to call.”

Sutton is a big fan if Reo Hatate and the Englishman reckons that the Japan international midfielder’s return can have a major impact for Celtic, while conceding that there may be doubts on Callum McGregor making it back for Sunday after his recent calf strain.

“There are players are coming back from injury for Celtic,” Sutton said. “Reo Hatate, who played last weekend, when he is fit is arguably one of the best midfielders in Scotland if not the best midfielder when fully fit.

“Callum McGregor may be back. There is a doubt over him. (the)Rangers had Abdallah Sima back for them at the weekend. He had a 10 minute cameo so it is about who is fit. (the)Rangers being at Ibrox will go for Celtic.

“And Celtic will have to be brave playing out from the back,” Sutton said.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

1 Comment

  1. Rob O’Keeffe on

    Hope Celtic don’t play out from the back,it’s a lot easier to get the ball up the park quickly and pick up the second balls and mount an attack…..