By Derek Smithson
Thierry Henry has claimed that Celtic can be “forgiven for being nervous” ahead of their Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain.
The Bhoys welcome the French giants to Parkhead on Tuesday night for the opening match of the group stages, while Bayern Munich host Anderlecht in the other group B clash.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have been handed a difficult draw in Europe’s most elite club competition, but will be looking to make the most of their home advantage.
They welcome PSG in mid-week, who are considered to be one of the favourites for the competition.
Unai Emery’s side now have one of the most deadly attacking line ups in the world after buying Neymar for a record £198million from Barcelona, while 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe also move to Paris on an initial loan before a £162million deal.
Celtic will have the daunting task of trying to stop them and Sky Sports pundit Henry has raved about the qualities that PSG posses.
“PSG have one thing in their sights: The Champions League,” Henry wrote in the Sun. ”They start their campaign on Tuesday against Celtic, who could be forgiven for being nervous when they look at the team-sheets.
“On paper Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani is a scary forward line. Mbappe, at 18, is young but we have seen his quality. The other two are proven class, but it will be interesting to see how they work together — especially off the ball.”
Celtic showed last season in Europe that they can be competitive after earning two draws against Manchester City, but did suffer a 7-0 hammering away to Barcelona too.
They will need to be at their maximum to contain Tuesday’s opponents and they did pick up a morale lifting 4-1 win over Hamilton on Friday.
PSG will be looking to go deep in the Champions League this season and the world’s most expensive player Neymar has already made a blistering start for his new side, scoring four goals and supplying four assists in just four games.
Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani is a prolific goalscorer for the French outfit, meaning Celtic’s defence will need to try limit his influence in front of goal.
French wonderkid Mbappe enjoyed a dream debut at the weekend with a goal and an assist for PSG as he looks to recreate the form he showed at Monaco.
In other Celtic news, Ally McCoist has slammed the club’s midfielder after the win against Hamilton.