Date: 14th August 2019 at 7:31am
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Chris Sutton’s tweet on Celtic’s Champions League knock out attracted 1,900 comments overnight.

The BT Sport pundit has long warned that the club had to reinvest of they were to remain relevant in European football after Brendan Rodgers shook everything up in the summer of 2016.

Successive Champions League Play Off failures under Ronny Deila saw the stands slowly empty, embarrassing exits at Hampden in both cup competitions and failure to win in any of six Europa League ties including back-to-back defeats from Molde.

Rather than build on the boost provided by Rodgers- which came at a cost in terms of managerial salary- it seems that the club went into retreat.

Fifteen months ago Rodgers could include Moussa Dembele, Patrick Roberts, Kieran Tierney, Mikael Lustig and Stuart Armstrong in his side. Last night the only replacement for that group of players was Hatem Abd Elhamed, starting his third game for the club.

A second successive failure at the third qualifying round of the Champions League is actually a step back since the Deila days, a play-off now has to be negotiated to reach the Europa League.

Supporters are unhappy, they feel neglected, taken for granted and let down. Their ambitions seem at odds with those making decisions in the boardroom.

Sutton won’t go away, he’ll be in the Record, on BT Sport at the weekend and on twitter. Big decisions will have to be made if the grave predictions of the former striker are to be proved wrong.