Michael Owen has given his prediction for the upcoming Champions League clash between Celtic and Anderlecht in Glasgow on Tuesday night.
Writing for BetVictor, the former Liverpool striker tipped the Celts to emerge victorious from the Parkhead game and book their place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
“It is about time that Celtic – without a win in their last six Champions League games at Celtic Park – gave their home fans something to cheer about in European competition.”
The Hoops’ last victory at home in the Champions League came against Ajax in 2013, goals from James Forrest and Beram Kayal sealing a 2-1 win.
The Bhoys are big favourites for the game, as they defeated Anderlecht 3-0 in September – thanks to goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair – without playing that well.
Anderlecht need a three goal victory to finish third in the group and clinch a place in Europe but that seems a long shot.
The Celts warmed up for their return to Europe with a 5-1 victory over Motherwell. Odsonne Edouard was the star of the show with a hat-trick, but he’s likely to be on the bench against the Belgian champions.
Forrest was the other star with a double scored after coming on as a substitute, he’ll have a huge part to play as the Bhoys aim to secure the three points that will secure European football after Christmas for the first time in three years.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton’s opinion is that the match against Anderlecht isn’t a forgone conclusion