CHRIS SUTTON leapt to the defense of Scottish football – and delivered a thinly veiled jab at one of his rivals on the radio following Arsenal’s Europa League loss to PSV Eindhoven.
But Sutton used his high ranking in the league to hit back at Talksport’s Jason Cundy who labeled Celtic FOURTH TIER team in Europe LIGHT YEARS behind the others after their European release earlier this week.
The SPFL The leaders drew with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday which confirmed their fourth place in the Champions League group.
In the same way Rangers‘ struggles to score a point or even score a GOAL in the competition proper and Motherwell and Dundee United’s embarrassing early exits – it has been a difficult time for SPFL representatives on the continent.
Without naming Cundy, the former Celtic the striker aimed for a thinly veiled dig at ‘a certain person’s logic’ and turned the clock back to happier times when Rangers were celebrating Champions League qualification in Holland – and compared this result with the defeat of the Gunners in Eindhoven.
Sutton wrote: “Arsenal lose to PSV. Rangers knocked PSV out of the Champions League.
“So according to some people’s logic, does that mean Arsenal are in the fifth tier of European competition?”
Many in north London would be at odds with high hopes after Mikel Arteta’s surprising squad departure.
And while Cundy’s comments proved controversial – he found Ally McCoist to agree, although the former Rangers boss judged his Talksport colleague’s outburst ‘a bit harsh’.
There had been plenty of anticipation and excitement when Rangers beat PSV over two legs in August to join Celtic in the group stage for the first time in 12 years – but since then both sides of Glasgow struggled on their way back to the top table.
However, their misfortunes will NOT cost Scotland future Champions League places, even though Belgium could overtake the SPFL in the UEFA coefficient table.
The poor results, however, add to Scotland’s worst European performance in more than a decade.