Exciting Champions League Group For Celtic

After conquering Astana in the last qualifying round, Celtic now know who they’ll face in this year’s Champions League group stage.

The Scottish champions were drawn in Group B with Bundesliga champs Bayern Munich, Ligue 1 giants PSG and Belgian cracks Anderlecht.

I think it’s a very good group for Brendan Rodgers and his side.

Yes of course it will be difficult especially the away encounters but it represents exciting times for the Hoops faithful.

The support will be desperate to get the beer steins in during their trip to Munich in October. In the German league last season Munich didn’t lose a game at the Allianz Arena but they did drop home points to Koln, Hoffenheim, Schalke and Mainz in the form of draws. So maybe, just maybe Celtic could sneak a point on the eighteenth of October.

French side PSG now have the world’s most expensive player in Neymar in their ranks. The Brazilian hasn’t endeared himself to Celtic players or the fans when he’s came up against them in the past, so could that represent a chance for revenge? The Ligue 1 runners-up have often been inconsistent with Unai Emery in charge. The Spaniard does have a great record in Europe though, having won the Europa League three times with Sevilla. A trip to Paris could be allowed if the Celtic fans take their partners for a romantic break away.

Rodgers will be interested to see his players up against some of the best in the world. They did well against Manchester City last term and picked up a credible draw away against Borussia Monchengladbach.

In Anderlecht, Celtic have a yardstick to gauge just how good they are in European competition. It should be a shoot-out between these two sides to see who can finish in third spot and qualify for the Europa League. 

The Purple and Whites have a rich history and have won the Jupiler Pro League a whopping thirty-four times, including the title last season. They have pacy forward Henry Onyekuru, who scored twenty-two league goals last year. He was linked with a move to Celtic back in January before he eventually joined Everton this summer, they immediately sent him to Anderlecht on a season long loan. A trip to Belium will bring the fans great beer, fine waffles and lovely chips!

If Celtic are to keep the momentum up and show that they have progressed under Brendan Rodgers then they have to aim to finish third in this group. Remaining unbeaten in two games against the Belgian side is a realistic target.

I also think the atmosphere that Celtic Park creates as well as their home record could see the Hoops get at least a point out of either the PSG or Bayern Munich home ties. The one I’d imagine that may be slightly easier is the Munich game in Glasgow as that’s further into the competition and the German side might not be in desperate need of the points.

The Celtic fans should enjoy these great away destinations and the chance to see their side come up against brilliant opponents. The players and the manager should see this as an ideal chance to prove themselves and cause upsets.

You have to go in looking to be positive and going for as many points as possible. Hopefully it will be enough to get them staying in Europe beyond Christmas!

One Response to “Exciting Champions League Group For Celtic”

  1. Sevco arent there,So it wont count????

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