By Will Butcher

Scott Brown is adamant that the “taunting atmosphere” of Celtic Park could be a major factor in Celtic’s Champions League clash against Barcelona.

The two sides go head to head at Parkhead on Wednesday evening, with fans hopeful that the Hoops can repeat the heroics of 2012 that saw Celtic beat Barca 2-1 thanks to a Tony Watt winner.

Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash, Brown claimed that the red-hot atmosphere would be daunting to any opponent.

“I hope we can get the ball down and try and play our own game as well,” Brown said, in a video posted by BT Sport reporter Eilidh Barbour on her personal Twitter account.

“Once we’re at home and we’ve got the crowd behind us, it’s a taunting atmosphere for anyone that comes here. We need to start well, create a few chances and get the fans behind us.

“They’re always great on Champions League nights. They look forward to it, but they understand that we’re playing against Barcelona and we’re not going to have a lot of the ball.”

Celtic are mathematically unable to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League. But if they overturn a two-point deficit to Group C rivals Borussia Monchengladbach, they can qualify for the next stage of the Europa League by finishing third.

The German outfit play against Manchester City, and Brendan Rodgers’ side will be hoping that City can do them a favour by beating Andre Schubert’s Gladbach.

A win for the 47-time Scottish champions will see them leapfrog Gladbach into third, if Pep Guardiola’s City beat the Bundesliga outfit.

In other Celtic news, Rodgers is looking to raid MLS side Portland Timbers for this impressive midfielder.