Former Hoops hero Sutton was referring to the Glasgow club’s Australian midfielder Tom Rogic, who has been linked with a move to the Saints in various tabloid reports today.
Rogic has just one more season to run on his contract, and it looks like the 25-year-old could well be heading for pastures new in the summer, but Sutton is just hoping it isn’t with Southampton.
The St. Mary’s club are currently in the Premier League’s relegation zone, and fighting for their top-flight survival, and Sutton doesn’t seem to rate playing in the Championship:
Tom Rogic from Celtic to the Championship if Saints go down??? It isn’t go to happen..why on earth would he downgrade?? https://t.co/YK2tESmPUx
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) May 2, 2018
Of course, Sutton’s comments prompted the exact kind of reactions that you’d expect from English fans:
Hardly a downgrade, championship has far better quality than that pub league up north
— Paul (@paulburchell89) May 2, 2018
Downgrade? Championship is better than SPL lol
— Matt Handsley (@matt140989) May 2, 2018
Cause the championship is better than the SPL?
— Anton Westwood (@antonwestwood) May 2, 2018
Because over a full season against all teams it’s better quality opposition, more money and a stepping stone to EPL either directly with saints or by impressing and transfer next summer
— Rob Hooper (@hooperrp) May 2, 2018
Fair play to him, no disrespect to Celtic but he’s hardly been challenged to show his best quality week in week out in the SPL is he! Not Celtics fault either but the rest of the SPL teams need some investment, just not sure where that will come from!
— Ray Lydon (@JustRayLydon) May 2, 2018
Not sure it’s a downgrade
— Filthy McNasty (@PeteJohnRod) May 2, 2018
The championship in my opinion is the most competitive league in Europe outside of the top divisions. I’d say the championship is on par with the SPL if not just above it at the moment. Would be a good fit for Southampton.
— Ash (@SuitedScouser17) May 2, 2018
Celtic would struggle in the Championship
— Jordan Garnett (@jordangarnett86) May 2, 2018
What do you think of Sutton’s comments? Does he have a point?