Celtic’s match-winner against Zenit, Callum McGregor, has named Hoops skipper Scott Brown as the player that the team most relies on.
The Hoops attacker has claimed that there is a big difference when Brown is not in involved in the team’s matches.
McGregor, whose goal against the Russian side gives the Hoops a platform to build on in the second leg tie, made the comments on the Football on BT Sport Twitter account.
“He’s going to dig you out of a hole…he sets the tempo and the others follow him. When he’s not in the team you can certainly see a difference,” the Scottish international said.
"You can look next to you and you know he's going to dig you out of a hole."
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Brown and McGregor are two players who will have to be at their best if the Hoops are to get past Zenit and qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League.
The pair were excellent in the first leg, Brown and Eboue Kouassi dominating the midfield area whilst McGregor did a sterling job playing off Moussa Dembele up-front.
The Hoops may have dominated the first leg, but manager Brendan Rodgers and his players will be aware that the Russian side will pose far more problems than they did at Celtic Park.
It is important that the Hoops do not concede an early goal, as that is a problem which has affected them for years away from home in Europe, and it would put Zenit firmly in the driving seat to win the tie.
However, an early goal for the Bhoys would put them in a great position to get through the tie.
In other Celtic news, Patrick Roberts could make his first-team return against Aberdeen on Sunday