Bayern senior man provides Celtic with all the motivation they need in brutal put down before CL clash
By James Black
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has delivered a brutal put down to Celtic – claiming if they were playing Real Madrid injured striker Robert Lewandowski might have made the trip.
Lewandowski has remained in Munich as his team-mates travel to Glasgow to face Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The Polish striker suffered a muscle injury during the 2-0 win over RB Leipzig on Saturday ad leaves the Bavaria giants with no recogised striker in their squad.
Injuries to Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribery have further depleted Bayern’s ranks as they look to seal qualification for the last-sixteen.
“If tomorrow’s game were against Real Madrid, Lewandowski might have travelled with the team,” Rummenigge said, as quoted by journalist Cédric Drouet in a post on his personal Twitter account.
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''Si on avait joué le Real Madrid, on aurait pris Lewandowski dans le groupe''. Toute l'arrogance de Rummenigge… Oui c ''juste'' le Celtic
— Cédric Drouet (@ced_ladrou) October 30, 2017
A win in Glasgow for Jupp Heynckes’ side would seal their qualification for the last-sixteen alongside likely group winners Paris Saint-Germain.
Celtic will be hopeful of getting a result against the Bundesliga champions to strengthen their own push for European football after the new year.
Three points for the Hoops would virtually guarantee their qualification for the Europa League as the third-placed team in the group.
Paris Saint-Germain take on Anderlecht in the other game in the group as the free-speding French side look to keep up their unblemished record in the Champions League this season.
Football Insider verdict:
Rodgers doesn’t need to deliver a team talk ahead of the Bayern clash. He just needs to pin Rummenigge’s quote on the dressing room wall and let it take effect. The arrogant words of the Bayern chief is all the motivation Celtic’s players need to go out and deliver the performance of their lives on Tuesday night.
In other Celtic team news, Patrick Roberts is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.