Boyata: This is what will make a big difference for Celtic in CL clash v Anderlecht
Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has revealed that the noise of the Celtic Park crowd on European nights can drive the Hoops on to deliver a big performance against Anderlecht.
The Bhoys go into their final Champions League group match on the verge of clinching third place and Europa League football after Christmas.
The there is a three points and three goals difference between the teams, meaning that the Belgian champions would need a four goal win in Glasgow to finish third in the group.
Even though the Celts are huge favourites to go through, the defender isn’t taking the match against his countrymen for granted and wants the fans to roar on the team.
Boyata, as quoted by Celtic’s official website, wants the fans to make a difference so that Anderlecht are intimidated out of the game.
He said: “I’m expecting the fans to be very loud and the atmosphere to be even better than it has been already this season.
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“It makes a big difference when we have the backing of the fans.”
Boyata then remarked on the crowd reaction at the Champions League match against Bayern Munich in Glasgow last month.
He added: “The atmosphere for the Bayern Munich game was special and playing in those kinds of games is something every footballer strives for.”
The Bhoys defeated their Belgian opponents 3-0 in September, thanks to goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair, in what was only their second ever away win in the Champions League group stage.
If the Hoops manage to qualify to the Europa League, the draw for the last 32 is made on the 11th of December.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers should gamble and play two men up-front against Anderlecht.