Sutton disagrees with Petrov, says Deila should have subbed dreadful Johansen

The former Celtic striker has been commenting on Thursday night's Europa League debacle.

Chris Sutton has staunchly defended Kris Commons' reaction after being substituted against Molde on Thursday night, according to his regular column in the Daily Record.

Indeed, Celtic were beaten 3-1 in Norway and Commons reacted angrily after being taken off in the second half.

Stiliyan Petrov criticised the 32-year-old for his response but Sutton disagreed with his 'old mate.' As far as he is concerned, Bhoys boss Ronny Deila is the only one in the wrong - as he should have taken the 'dreadful' Stefan Johansen off.

He told the Record: "My old mate Stiliyan Petrov said on TV he was a disgrace but I’m not having that.

"He was bloody angry and quite rightly so.Commons was the one player who can produce a bit of magic to get the team back into the game, while others such as Stefan Johansen were dreadful in Molde and stayed on the pitch.

"Johansen was quite happy before the game to tell anyone who would listen that Celtic were better than Molde and that the Scottish league was better than the Norwegian league. Which, if he’s right, makes the display in the Aker Stadium and even bigger slap in the face."

It's hard to disagree with Sutton on this occasion. Johansen has been Deila's golden boy and the Norwegian has often not seen eye to eye with Commons.

And the fact the Celtic midfielder was substituted does seem like a smokescreen to distract from what a poor performance the Bhoys delivered on Thursday night. Perhaps the Celtic coaches even foresaw the fact Commons would react that way - which would raise even more questions about the tactical change.

The Independent recently suggested that Peter Lawwell should take the blame for 'downsizing' the Scottish champions - but that Deila should take responsibility for losing to inferior opposition. That conclusion seems spot on right now.

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