By John Reid
Former Celtic and Bayern Munich striker Alan McInally has been discussing Celtic in Europe ahead of tonight’s clash between two of his former clubs.
Speaking to Sky Sports, ‘Rambo’ feels that playing in the Europa League after Christmas would be a success for Celtic.
“If Celtic finish third and progress to the Europa League… when they get there they will want to go further in the competition than they did before.
“Brendan is talking about respect – I think they are earning more respect in Europe. I don’t think they are being disregarded as quickly as maybe they were three or four years ago.”
Celtic go into tonight’s clash currently in third place in Group B.
A point against the Bundesliga leaders would all but guarantee European football after Christmas for the Bhoys.
Celtic are currently three points behind the Bavarian side, who despite injury problems will be favourites for this evening’s game.
Bayern easily defeated Celtic 3-0 at the Allianz Arena two weeks ago.
Bottom of the table Anderlecht take on group leaders PSG in Paris.
Celtic’s next Group B game is a daunting away trip to PSG.
The final game is a home tie against Anderlecht, which could see third place in the group confirmed if Celtic avoid defeat.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers doesn’t plan to leave Celtic any time soon.