Chris Sutton believes that “defending well” is the one that Celtic need to do if they are to get past Zenit and reach the last 16 of the Europa League.
The Hoops hold a 1-0 advantage going into the second leg, and Sutton claims that the clean sheet gained in the first leg could play a big part in the Hoops making progress in the competition.
Sutton was asked if the Hoops could qualify on the BT Sport on Football Twitter account and he boldly claimed that they will do it despite the Russian club’s impressive home record in Europe.
“They’ll have to defend well, and if they do that, the clean sheet in Glasgow then they can nick an away goal. So yes, Celtic will go through,” the Englishman said.
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😂 @chris_sutton73 wearing a Cossack
"When a Scottish team wins in Europe the other team was always bad! It's time to give Celtic credit…"
Sutton thinks that The Bhoys have every chance in Russia.
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— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 22, 2018
The Hoops dominated the first leg against Zenit, and this has been reflected in the team selected by Brendan Rodgers for the second leg, he has picked the same team that played in the first leg, as was announced on the Bhoys’ official Twitter page.
📋 Brendan Rodgers has named an unchanged starting XI from the first-leg.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 22, 2018
Callum McGregor’s goal won the first-leg and he will be expected to once again support Moussa Dembele up-front like he did in the first game between the sides.
Kieran Tierney will be expected to use his blistering pace to cause Roberto Mancini’s side problems in more of an advanced role.
If the Bhoys advance past the Russian side, it will be the first time they will have reached the last 16 of a European tournament for five years.
In other Celtic news, Patrick Roberts could make his return from injury against Aberdeen on Sunday
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