Jim Duffy: This is what I expect Celtic to do in crunch Anderlecht clash
Former Celtic youth player and Dundee manager Jim Duffy has claimed that Celtic should play their usual game and attack Anderlecht even though they only need a point to clinch Europa League football.
The Hoops are currently three points and three goals ahead of the Belgian champions going into their final Champions League group stage game, meaning that Anderlecht have to win by four clear goals at Celtic Park to be in Europe after Christmas.
Duffy, writing in his column in the Scottish Sun, feels that the scenario plays right into Celtic’s hands.
“Brendan will not want to sit back and absorb pressure. They will play exactly the same way as they do in just about every game’, he said.
“Anderlecht are not in the same class as PSG and Bayern and Celtic can play in the shape and positive manner they are comfortable with.
“But Brendan has instilled a real positive mentality within his squad — and I expect to see Celtic go at Anderlecht from the off. They’ll be more than good enough to qualify for the Europa League.”
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Celtic’s Champions League campaign so far has been a mixture of the good and the bad.
The good has been the superb 3-0 victory in Belgium against Anderlecht, where goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair provided Celtic with only their second every group stage victory away from home.
The highly creditable performance at home to Bayern Munich also falls into that category, despite Celtic eventually losing 2-1 on the night.
The bad has been the two hammerings from French league leaders PSG, who defeated Celtic 5-0 at Celtic Park, which was then followed by a 7-1 embarrasment in Paris.
The insipid 3-0 defeat in Munich wasn’t much to shout about either.
Celtic at least have the chance to end their Champions League campaign on a high note – and clinch European football after Christmas – on Tuesday night.
In other Celtic news, Tom Rogic is looking forward to Tuesday’s game