Celtic’s wild celebrations following a historic win over Lazio away in Italy to qualify for the Europa League knockout stage were surprisingly belittled by a Manchester United legend.
Celtic made history last Thursday when they defeated Lazio in Rome with a 95th minute winner from Olivier Ntcham. The win meant that they were through to the Europa League knockout stage and had even become the fastest Scottish team to ever do so in any European competition. This was also their first win on Italian soil.
Understandably, both Celtic players and fans were delighted with the result and celebrated in fitting manner. One such was former Celtic striker, Chris Sutton, who could not hide his joy while covering the game for BT Sport. Unfortunately, fellow pundit Paul Ince did not share his colleague’s emotions and decided to belittle the Hoops’ achievement for no reason at all.
Talking in the aftermath of the game, Ince decided to take a shot at Sutton’s celebrations. According to The Scottish Sun, the Manchester United legend said:
“What are you excited about?
“They only got past the group stages. It wasn’t a cup final, was it?
“I thought they’d won the cup final the way you were going on.”
Paul Ince was an integral part of the Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson which took control of the English Premier League for the first time in the early 1990’s and won 10 trophies during his time there. He also played for two of the biggest teams in Europe in the form of Inter Milan and Liverpool after leaving the Red Devils.
But his playing career did not finish in the spotlight of the Premier League like he would have hoped to. Instead he ended up hanging his boots at League Two side Macclesfield Town before embarking on an underwhelming management career.
Ince’s shot at Sutton following Celtic’s win over Lazio comes off as childish at best. There is nothing wrong in celebrating getting into the knockout stage of an European competition, especially following a 95th minute winner. Perhaps it is Sutton’s loyalty to his former club that confuses the midfielder. After all, Ince did not take long to ditch boyhood club, West Ham United, when they got relegated to the second division.