By Dominic Toner
Stan Collymore has labelled Celtic’s clash with Manchester City as the “Battle of Britain” after the two clubs were drawn in the same Champions League group.
The Scottish giants were drawn in an immensely testing group against Barcelona, Man City and German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.
The make-up of the four pots did not favour a kind group for Celtic and so it transpired but they will play each side home and away as they try to progress from the group stages.
Pundit Collymore has revealed on his personal Twitter account that he is particularly looking forward to the matches between Celtic and Premier League big hitters City, and hinted that he was keen for the Scottish champions to give a good account of themselves.
The Battle of Britain!!
MON THOSE HOOPS!! ☘
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) August 25, 2016
Pep Guardiola’s romped to a 6-0 aggregate lead over Romanian side Steaua Bucharest to qualify for the group stages and have started the season strongly under former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has faced City before during his time with Liverpool and will know what to expect from the English side.
Celtic have faced reigning Spanish champions Barcelona in the competition before, notably when they pulled off a famous 2-1 victory at Celtic Park in 2012.
The 2012-13 season was the last time Celtic progressed from the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition, when they were eliminated by Juventus in the last 16.
Celtic and Borussia will be expected to fight for third place in the group, who earn a place in the Europa League qualifiers, but both will aim to cause a shock upset and eliminate a big contender for the competition.
Rodgers’ side had to defeat Lincoln Red Imps, Astana and Hapoel Be’er Sheva over two legs just to reach the group stages and will hope to cause an upset and continue their Champions League journey.
In other Celtic team news, their striker has celebrated his international call-up on Twitter.