By Will Butcher
Former Chelsea and Germany star Michael Ballack believes Celtic can secure three priceless points against Champions League rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach.
The Scottish Champions face Gladbach on Wednesday October 19, and a win would push them level with Manchester City if Guardiola’s side lose to Barcelona.
In quotes published by the Scottish Sun, ESPN pundit Ballack believes Celtic can win if they use their Champions League experience – and the white-hot atmosphere at Celtic Park – to their advantage.
“Gladbach did well against Barcelona but couldn’t get a point out of it,” Ballack said in the Scottish Sun. “So they paid for a little naivety.
“Celtic are more experienced in the Champions League over recent years but with the quality of Gladbach, I’m convinced they can win. It will be a challenge for them as Celtic have a great home record.
“That atmosphere can affect any team. If you have this under control and are prepared for an atmosphere like that and handle that, you can deliver.
“If you can’t, it can be a problem for Mönchengladbach and Celtic can overrun them with their fans at their back.”
The two sides last met in a friendly in 2013, with Gladbach coming out as 2-1 victors but it will be a whole different story in front of a capacity crowd at Celtic Park come October 19.
Celtic go into the game with their unbeaten run in the league still intact, whereas Gladbach have struggled to recapture the form of last season’s fourth placed finish.
With just three wins from twice as many games, Gladbach sit in ninth position following a 4-0 hammering from Bundesliga rivals Schalke.