Date: 26th September 2017 at 5:11pm
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By James Black

Anderlecht interim boss Nicolas Frutos has identified the biggest threats to his side when they face Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday night – midfield duo Scott Brown and Scott Sinclair.

The Belgians lost their opening game 3-0 to Bayern Munich in Germany and a poor start domestically saw them fire manager Rene Weiler as they sat in seventh place in Belgium’s top-flight – their worst start to a domestic campaign in 19 years.

Frutos believes the pair are key to Celtic’s hopes of securing third place in Group B – and a Europa League spot- with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain expected to qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League

“Celtic does not play a typical Scottish football. It’s a strong physical team, but they can also play technically well,” Frutos said as quoted by the Daily Record.

“The captain Scott Brown and Scott Sinclair are strong players. Defensively, the team is also good.

“This game is our final. Both for Anderlecht and Celtic, this is a key contest for third place. PSG and Bayern are usually teams that compete for the final victory in the Champions League.

“I’ve changed my team but on Wednesday we will playing with our best 11 and I already have a team in mind. We will try to play our own game, create opportunities and play the spaces.”

36-year-old Argentine Frutos ended his playing career with Anderlecht in 2010 after a serious Achilles tendon injury forced him into retirement at only 28.
He immediately began work as a scout for the Belgians before eventually taking interim charge earlier this month after Weiler’s sacking.
Under Frutos, Anderlecht have won both of their games so far but wil face a much tougher test against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Both sides will be desperate to continue their European campaign beyond Christmas and the return match at Celtic Park on December 5th could go a long way to determining their fate.

In other Celtic news, fans have raged at Gordon Strachan after this in-form attacker was omitted from the Scotland squad.

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