Celtic's hopes of reaching the last 16 round of the UEFA Champions League were ended after a 2-0 defeat against RB Leipzig at Celtic Park last night.
Strikes from Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg in the final quarter of an hour sealed the win for the German outfit, with some Celtic fans calling their Champions League campaign a "reality check".
The Bhoys are sitting bottom of Group F after just one point from their first four fixtures, but former Celtic striker has urged supporters to "trust the process" under Ange Postecoglou.
Sutton who spent six years with Celtic took to Twitter after the final whistle, saying:
The better team won. Celtic looked tired in the 2nd half and gave away too many chances. Leipzig eventually capitalised. So many missed opportunities the story of this season’s campaign. Got to stick with what this manager is trying to achieve though and trust the process
Ange Postecoglou reacts to Celtic's early exit
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou expressed his disappointment at the result and their European campaign as a whole after the game.
The Australian said:
Yeah, the emotions are disappointed. Disappointed for the supporters, for the lads. I thought it was a game we were well in, but that's been the story of our sort of campaign so far. Just missed chances have cost us.
It's difficult, you know we're talking about the highest level of club football and there's different sort of stresses and anxiety around taking your chances at this level and it's why clubs spend hundreds of millions trying to solve that problem. But you know from our perspective, all we can do is keep putting our players in those sort of situations. You know I'm sure they'll learn from it and develop from it but when you're at this level you pay the ultimate price if you don't take them.
"You need to take your chances at this level"
"We won't shy away from the kind of football team we want to be"
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 11, 2022
Celtic fans react on Twitter
Despite the defeat and underwhelming Champions League results, many fans remain optimistic about what Ange is trying to build at the club.
For any fans who've lost perspective: Celtic's front line cost £12m to assemble. That's what Timo Werner gets paid in a year.
They don't need to be "more ruthless"... They need to be at the top of their game, in every game, to even be in with a shot.
They weren't. We go again.
— Hamill 🇺🇦 (@CPHamill) October 11, 2022
Also the majority of this team are playing for the 1st time at a level they haven't been near! The ideal scenario this season for our development would be (glass half full here) a continued run in Europa to continue that experience for the players...need alot of luck again HH
— Conor O' Neill (@ItsABhoysThing) October 12, 2022
A place in the Europa League looks doubtful for the side as they would find results against Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid in their last two games of the group stage.
Celtic are sitting two points clear of Rangers at the summit of the SPFL table and face third placed Hibernians next this Saturday. A win over Hibs will certainly help the disappointed fans.