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Chris Sutton Absolutely Hammers Joey Barton and Tony Cascarino

Chris Sutton Absolutely Hammers Joey Barton and Tony Cascarino

Chris Sutton has absolutely hammered Joey Barton and Tony Cascarino for their recent comments about Scottish football.

Barton is never short of a controversial word, comparing Celtic’s unbeaten run – which now stands at 63 games – to a Sunday League achievement while speaking on talkSPORT recently.

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Cascarino has followed up Barton by also criticising the unbeaten run, saying his former club shouldn’t be taking too much credit due to the poor opposition they play against in Scotland.

He used their away defeat to Astana in Champions League as a stick to beat them with despite the fact Celtic won over two legs.

And, for some reason, saw losses to PSG and Bayern Munich as an example of them not being a good team as the praise suggests.

But Sutton isn’t having any of it, taking to his dailyrecord.co.uk column to slam both Barton and Cascarino for their recent comments.

On Barton, the BT Sport pundit said: “Barton undermines the achievement. Said he knew of Sunday League teams that have managed it.

“Well the truth is Joey was arguably Rangers’ worst signing and was part of the 63-game record in probably the most memorable game where he was humiliated at Celtic Park by Scott Brown.

“He could have stopped the run but instead chooses to belittle the game north of the border and talk it down.

“Joey has had a decent career but couldn’t cut it on the pitch in the SPFL and was found out. He talked the talk but kidded nobody in Scottish football.

“The only thing Sunday League were his performances for Rangers.”

Sutton then turned his attention to Cascarino – who scored just four goals in 30 games after signing for Celtic in a £1.1million move in 1991 – with his next comments, saying: “He’s clearly been oblivious since his awful spell at the club in the early 1990s and his statements lack credibility.

“No one is disputing Celtic should be beating teams like St Johnstone.

“This is despite the fact Cascarino played in a Celtic team that lost eight games in the season he was there, including Saints and the likes of Falkirk.

“Unfortunately that cherished success at the Tennent’s Sixes cannot be counted on long-term records.”

Sutton went on to add: “Now I’m sorry Joey and Tony, you wouldn’t get a Sunday League team managing to battle out a 3-3 draw with Manchester City then following it up with another 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

“As I said Barton should know better but there is no excuse for Cascarino.

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“He’s not got a clue about the standard of Scottish football as he doesn’t even bother to watch the games. He admitted as much on the radio before being taken to task and backtracking.

“Funnily enough I don’t watch racing. So I won’t be commenting on the Grand National or whatever.

“Cascarino should so the same about Scottish football. On this occasion ignorance is not bliss. It just rhymes with bliss.”

Sutton doesn’t miss both former players with his comments and it’d be interesting to get their response whenever they make their next appearance on talkSPORT.

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