Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink gives verdict on Celtic Champions League chances
By Harvey Byrne
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is convinced Celtic can remain in Europe by finishing third in their Champions League group.
The Scotland giants have been drawn in a group, which pits them against European giants Barcelona and Manchester City as well as Bundesliga big hitters Borussia Monchengladbach.
Celtic were hammered 7-0 in their competition opener against the La Liga giants on Tuesday night, but their former striker believes that they can still earn a respectable finish in third place.
Finishing in third will see them drop down to the Europa League and the 37-year-old believes Celtic will be competing with Monchengladbach for the position.
“The Bundesliga is really strong, but Celtic can still get third,” said Vennegoor of Hesselink to the Scottish Sun.
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“It’s going to be a big test. It’s a really good team, a Bundesliga team, I watched them play earlier this year.
“They need to be a little bit lucky, focused, but the two big teams are already there.
“I saw the group when the draw was made and it has two things: greatness, because you play such great teams, but in a sporting way you know you’re going to be competing and hopefully you’re going to be coming third.
“Then you need to produce, especially in the home games, because anything can happen in home games. Celtic have shown that in the past.”
Celtic dropped into the Europa League last season after a 4-3 aggregate defeat against Swedish side Malmo at the play-off stage of the Champions League.
However, they endured a difficult spell in Europe and Ronny Delia’s side failed to pick up a win in their six matches, suffering three losses alongside three draws and finishing bottom of their group.
Celtic reshuffled their side in the summer with former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers taking over from Delia, while also adding six players to their squad and if they do drop down to the Europa League again, they will be hoping for more success this time around.
In other Celtic team news, Roy Keane has stated the side’s mindset needs to change after they were thumped 7-0 by Barcelona.