Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton is worried the Scottish champions haven’t been tested enough as they gear up to take on Serie A giants Inter Milan in the Europa League, the Daily Mail reports.
The 41-year-old has often had a controversial outlook on Celtic this season, claiming that multiple domestic honours would arguably be their least convincing in history.
While a pretty straightforward comment, the former striker hasn’t been impressed with the quality served up in Scottish football this season and believes it could be of a detrimental effect.
The Hoops are comfortable at the top of the SPL, through to the Scottish League Cup final and are huge favourites to dispatch Dundee United and go on to win yet another domestic triumph.
The Europa League, however, is a completely different animal altogether and Sutton adds that dominating so effortlessly domestically is not the best way to prepare for clashes against the European heavyweights.
“I think that Celtic seem to be cruising at the moment. What would worry me slightly about Celtic is the concern over whether they’re being tested enough,” he explained to the Daily Mail.
“They’re winning with ease at the moment – the Rangers cup semi, Dundee the following weekend and so on. They are absolutely cruising.
“This will take them up another notch, this game, and they’ll have to perform to the best of their abilities to go through. But they’re well capable.
“I think the team are improving, too. It’s just very hard to judge because of the opposition they’re facing domestically.
“One thing is for sure, they can’t afford to make the same mistakes they have in European competition this season – certainly defensively.”
Ronny Deila’s side go into the match on Thursday coming off the back of eight straight wins in all competitions, conceding just one goal.
Inter, on the other hand, are underachieving in 10th place in the Serie A table, though recent big victories over Palermo and Atalanta have temporarily lifted the gloom around the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.