Celtic’s Champions League performances have been described as “embarrassing” after the Scottish champions were beaten 2-0 by RB Leipzig.
This season saw Celtic gain direct access to the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2008, meaning they did not have to endure a lengthy qualification process.
In previous seasons, these early stages had proved too much for the Hoops and they had failed to reach the group stage, so automatic qualification was huge for them.
However, so far things haven’t gone as smoothly as they would have liked, not that Ange Postecoglou’s side would have expected to go through to the knockout stages.
A group with Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk and RB Leipzig was always going to be tough and from the first four games they are just a point clear of Shakhtar, who are not playing at home in Ukraine, to show for it.
They welcomed the German back to Celtic Park on Tuesday night but were beaten 2-0, with Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg getting second-half goals.
This led talkSPORT pundit and ex-Chelsea player Jason Cuddy to claim the Scots are a “disgrace” and even let Werner score.
“What is happening to Scottish football in the Champions League?”. Cuddy asked, before continuing to answer his own question.
“Celtic tonight, I mean, it really is a disgrace, isn’t it? Is!
“They step up, and give it the big ‘yes, of course we have to go in there’, ‘we’re Celtic…'”
“That’s harsh,” his co-host jumped in to say.
👀 “Celtics tonight… a real shame aren’t they?”
😳 “Celtic fans should be ashamed. They are not the toughest team in the world.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 11, 2022
“No, it’s not hard!” Candy continued.
“Celtic fans themselves should be ashamed, they should be, come on!
“It’s not the toughest group in the world. Yes, they have Real Madrid, but there are tougher groups out there.”
“They’ve got Real Madrid in the group,” the co-host reiterated once again, pointing out that having the reigning European champions in your group can hardly make it easy.
“Yes, that one. But at home today I am humbled.
“When Timo Werner scores against you, you know things are not good.”
It’s not the first time Cundy has come into contact with a relative underdog for his Champions League results, having done the same with Villarreal last season.
Maybe only Real Madrid is good enough to compete in Cadi’s eyes, who knows.