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‘You are one bitter person’ ‘surely this is a parody account’ ‘You auditioning for a Talksport spot’ Charlie Nicholas taken to task in Petrov storm

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Charlie Nicholas kicked up an unexpected Twitter storm when he questioned the suitability of Stan Petrov being picked by to analyse ’s Europa League tie against Real Betis.

With Neil Lennon and Chris refused entry to Ibrox BT Sport had to move quickly to put on a show from London with another of ’s Seville side from 2003 on hand to share his thoughts with in the stadium as co-commentator.

Nicholas only came to Twitter in August but with over 700 replies in 10 hours to his tweet he might just have stumbled into a growth market even if it was mostly hostile to the former Aberdeen striker.

After being dumped by Sky Sports in the summer of 2020 a weekly column in the Daily Express seems to be Nicholas’ only media work.

In contrast Petrov has appeared on Sky Sports and BT Sport fairly regularly and as recently as Saturday was part of the TV team for the home win against Ross County.

When the Bulgarian did leave in 2006 for Aston Villa there was some hostility but with hindsight six solid seasons service as a key part of Martin O’Neill’s squad and a trebling of the transfer fee has earned Stan the Man more respect than Nicholas can ever hope for from Celtic fans.

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