By James Black
After making it through to the group stage of the Champions League, Celtic captain Scott Brown has insisted that it’s a platform his Hoops teammates deserve.
He has also said that the Celtic crowd can play their part and ensure that their team upsets the odds.
Speaking to Celtic’s in-house magazine, The Celtic View, Brown revealed he is looking forward to testing himself against the best Europe has to offer.
Brendan Rodgers’ side survived a second-leg scare against FC Astana to make it through to the group stage for the second successive year.
An 8-4 aggregate win over Astana saw the Hoops progress and they will be hoping to fare better than last year when they finished bottom of their group after failing to win a single game.
Brown also feels the renowned European atmosphere at Celtic Park can help the Scottish champions cause an upset or two against teams who operate in an entirely different financial world to Scottish clubs.
Celtic will face Anderlecht, PSG and Bayern Munich in the Champions League and the 55-times capped Scotland midfielder believes that it is a fantastic draw for the Hoops.
“It’s a great draw for us,” Brown said. “I’ve never played any of these teams before and the fans will be delighted with it as well.
“It’s about being in the Champions League, where we deserve to be. Celtic Park’s the best stadium for me and the atmosphere with the crowd behind us is better than anywhere in Europe.
“We know what kind of racket they can make and we know they’ll be behind us like that again, so we’ll expect to get some points on the board.
“We want to play European football after Christmas and that is going to be our aim.”
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