Arjen Robben makes big claim about Celtic Europa League hope
By James Black
Bayern Munich superstar Arjen Robben has raved about Celtic’s fans after playing at Parkhead in the Champions League on Tuesday – and has claimed that the supporters can held carry the team to the Europa League final.
Bayern’s win over the Hoops on Tuesday night means the Scottish champions’ only hope of European football is parachuting into the Europa League by finishing third in their group.
Brendan Rodgers’ side already hold a three-point advantage over Anderlecht in third and are strong favourites to qualify for the European’s second competition.
Robben admitted he was blown away by the Celtic fans and revealed his hope they can make it all the way to their first European final since losing to Porto in Seville in 2003.
“Celtic have a great chance to progress in the Europa League, especially at Parkhead with that kind of crowd,” Robben said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
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“If it’s 14 years since they reached a European final then I wish them all the best and I hope they can be successful and maybe get there again.
“I really enjoyed the atmosphere. The fans are something special. That is something that can be very helpful – it’s one of the best I’ve seen in Europe.”
Robben started the Halloween clash at Celtic Park before being substituted late on as goals from Kingsley Coman and Javi Martinez secured the Bavarian’s place in the last-16.
Bayern joined Paris Saint-Germain in qualifying from Celtic’s group after the free-spending French side beat Anderlecht 5-0 on Tuesday night.
The 96-times capped Holland international recently announced his retirement from international football after the Dutch failed to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The Scottish champions still face a trip to Paris before hosting Anderlecht in December as they wrap up their Champions League campaign.
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