The Hoops start their bid for elite European soccer in opposition to Danish outfit FC Midtjylland early subsequent week, with new supervisor Ange Postecoglou taking cost of his first aggressive match within the Parkhead dugout.
However Sutton has argued that the Bhoys are nonetheless feeling the adversarial results of final season’s underwhelming title defence, and are a great distance off the extent they have to be at to progress within the competitors.
Writing in a column for the Day by day Document, he stated: “Celtic want a Midtjylland miracle in the event that they’re to even attain the subsequent stage of Champions League qualifying.
“With simply over three days to go till the primary leg I can’t ever bear in mind the squad being this disjointed.
“The membership is everywhere.
“It’s a stunning state of affairs. Each season when it comes spherical to the Champions League we appear to be speaking about the identical state of affairs, the identical dilemma as a result of Celtic haven’t acted shortly sufficient.
“However this isn’t on the supervisor this 12 months. That is on the hierarchy for sitting on their palms.
“Celtic followers at all times have hope and expectation for qualifying for the Champions League group stage. This season I don’t assume that’s there.
“For my part they’ll be fortunate to qualify for even the Europa League group stage.”
The Hoops made it to the second qualification spherical final season earlier than being knocked out by Hungarian aspect Ferencvarosi TC.