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Paul Ince And Chris Sutton Clash Over Celtic Celebrations After Europa League Win

Paul Ince And Chris Sutton Clash Over Celtic Celebrations After Europa League Win

Celtic's last gasp goal against Lazio secured a 2-1 win in the Europa League this week, but as far as BT Sport pundit Paul Ince is concerned, their fans need to keep it in context.

Ince clashed with former Celtic player Chris Sutton after he praised the club for qualifying for Europa League knockout stage with two games to spare.

Sutton was on co-commentary for BT Sport during the game and his celebrations after Oliver Ntcham scored was something Ince pointed to during the discussion: "What are you so excited about? They only got past the group stages. It wasn’t a cup final, was it?"

However, Sutton went to hail the feat.

"We saw the English team, Manchester City, they couldn't deal with Atalanta the night before with the millions they've spent, Celtic showing the way.

"Neil Lennon this season, there were a lot of doubts from the fans about his ability going back in as Celtic manager but himself and Steven Gerrard in Europe have been phenomenal."

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Former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Ince later compared the level of Scottish football to "the Championship, maybe even League One" after he was told Scotland's European coefficient.

To which Sutton jested back, "you are embarrassing yourself. You've never played at a club as big as Celtic or Rangers."

Meanwhile, Celtic's midweek success immediately triggers a bonus payment of €500,000 for qualifying for the last 32. As well as that, the win itself secured €570,000. They take on Motherwell later on today as focus returns to domestic matters.

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Maurice Brosnan

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