Chris Sutton absolutely hammers Celtic man Mikael Lustig despite Leipzig win

26th September 2018, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Scottish League Cup football, quarter finals, St Johnstone versus Celtic; Ex Celtic player Chris Sutton watches on from the TV gantry

Celtic boosted their chances of knockout qualification with a win over RB Leipzig.

21st October 2017, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish League Cup Semi-final, Hibernian versus Celtic; Alan Stubbs and Chris Sutton before the match

Chris Sutton blasted Mikael Lustig while co-commentating on BT Sport's live coverage of Celtic's 2-1 win over RB Leipzig, blaming the right-back for the German side's goal.

Celtic boosted their chances of qualifying for the knockout phase of the Europa League with an excellent victory at Parkhead thanks to goals from Kieran Tierney and Odsonne Edouard - cancelling out Jean-Kevin Augustin's header.

Tierney put Celtic ahead in the first half with an excellent finish from the corner of the box, which was the left-backs eighth goal in green and white. The Hoops were determined to hold out, but the conceded in the 78th minute.

 

Konrad Laimer's excellent delivery was headed home by Augustin, and Sutton blasted Sweden international Lustig for not reacting quick enough and trying to blame Dedryck Boyata.

“Lustig has to do better in that situation," Sutton said. "He has to get round the player to stop the header, it’s where the danger is. He needs to react quicker.

"It’s a free header and he’s looking at Boyata. It’s not Boyata’s fault. Lustig is marking space.”

31st October 2018, Kilmac Stadium, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Celtic; Mikael Lustig of Celtic at the end

Augustin's goal could have knocked the stuffing out of players and fans alike, but just a minute later, in-form midfielder Ryan Christie went up the other end of the pitch and played a superb ball across the box to Edouard - who tapped in.

It gives Celtic a chance of qualifying into the knockout phase, though RedBull Salzburg are already through with 12 points from four games. Leipzig and Celtic are both on six, while Rosenborg are on zero.

The Hoops are next in action on Sunday away at newly-promoted Livingston. They return to Europa League action on November 29 with a trip to Norway to face Rosenborg.

Meanwhile, Lustig's future at the club remains in doubt as he enters the final months of his £24,000-a-week contract (Daily Star).

Mikael Lustig of Celtic looks dejected during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between RB Leipzig and Celtic at Red Bull Arena on October 25, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.

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