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Stars of the noughties, No. 12: Chris Sutton

Chris Sutton. Picture: TSPL

Chris Sutton. Picture: TSPL

THE archetypal big, strong British centre forward, Sutton’s career took off first with Norwich and then Blackburn before an unhappy £10million move to Chelsea threatened to send it off the rails.

Celtic manager Martin O’Neill rescued the Englishman from his Stamford Bridge nightmare in July 2000 and the £6m move immediately paid off as Sutton scored on his debut against Dundee United, before netting twice in a 6-2 win over Rangers.

Forming a prolific partnership with Henrik Larsson, he helped Celtic to three SPL titles, three Scottish Cups and one League Cup, as well as a Uefa Cup final and won the SPFA Player of the Year award in 2003/04. After 63 goals in 130 appearances, Sutton left Celtic in January 2006 for Birmingham City before being reunited with O’Neill at Aston Villa. An eye injury eventually led him to retire in July 2007, but he made a surprise return to football with Ryman Division One North side Wroxham in October of this year aged 39.

 

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