Former Belgium and Anderlecht manager Paul van Himst has heavily criticised Celtic ahead of the Belgian Champions’ trip to Glasgow next week.

Van Himst was livid that his former side lost in Belgium to a Celtic side he described as ‘peasants’ and ‘woodcutters’.

Speaking to The Scotsman, Van Himst underlined how unhappy he was at the result.

He said: “We should never have allowed ourselves to lose to a team of peasants like Celtic.

“They were a bunch of woodcutters. It was one of our worst matches ever in Europe, and we didn’t even muster an attack.”

Celtic defeated Anderlecht 3-0 in September, thanks to goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair.

The result means that Celtic only need to avoid a four goal defeat when the teams meet again at Celtic Park next Tuesday, to qualify for the Europa League and clinch European football after Christmas.

Celtic are back in domestic action tonight, as they take on Motherwell at Fir Park, with the Hoops currently three points ahead of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

The game comes only three days after the controversial Betfred Cup Final between the sides, which Celtic won 2-0.

The teams are set to meet once again at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon.

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