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Jim White slates 'appalling' Celtic record, neutral fans react

Jim White attends the World Premiere of 'Ronaldo' at Vue West End on November 9, 2015 in London, England.

Jim White has questioned Celtic's status in Europe due to their 'appalling' record.

Hatem Abd Elhamed of Celtic  reacts at full time during the UEFA Champions League, third qualifying round, second leg match between Celtic and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on August 13, 2019 in...

Celtic were dumped out of the Champions League qualification stage on Tuesday.

Cluj pulled off an upset to beat the Hoops 4-3 at Parkhead last night, after Neil Lennon's side went into the second leg as favourites to reach the playoffs after last week's 1-1 draw in Romania.

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Celtic have now missed out on the group stage of the Champions League for two years in a row, and didn't qualify once during Ronny Deila's spell in charge of the Scottish giants.

At best, Lennon's troops will be plying their trade alongside Rangers in the Europa League this season if they get past Moldava's Sheriff Tiraspol or Swedish outfit AIK in the playoff.

 

And Jim White, a Rangers supporter, said on talkSPORT today that it's time to stop thinking about Celtic - European Cup winners in 1967 - as 'heavyweights' of European football due to their 'appalling' record.

He said: "Season after season, they embark on a European campaign and pocket the money that go along with that and then they go out with a whimper. This isn't the way a big European club should be behaving in top, top company Not in my view, by any stretch of the imagination.

"Celtic can no longer be viewed as a European heavyweight. A massive club and a massive fanbase. But their track record in Europe over the last decade is nothing short of appalling."

Here's how neutral fans reacted to White's comments about only now the Scots' status as 'heavyweights' in European football must be questioned:

Under Brendan Rodgers, Celtic reached the Champions League proper in their first two seasons, but finished bottom of the group in 2016 and third in 2017, though they were unlucky enough to be paired with Barcelona and Manchester City the first year, and PSG and Bayern Munich the season after.

Jozo Simunovic of Celtic reacts at full time during the UEFA Champions League, third qualifying round, second leg match between Celtic and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on August 13, 2019 in...

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