John Collins: This is how Celtic can nullify Neymar and Mbappe threat
By Danny Wright
John Collins believes that Celtic will have to work hard to keep Neymar and Kylian Mbappe quiet when they face Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night if they want to get anything out of the game.
Brendan Rodgers’ men face off against the world’s most expensive attack force at Parkhead as they kick off their Champions League group stage campaign and many have predicted that it will be a routine night for the Parisiens.
Despite all the talent that Unai Emery’s all-stars possess, former Celtic midfielder Collins, 49, has suggested that there are ways to nullify the PSG attackers and potentially pose a threat to the Ligue 1 title chasers.
“They will have to defend very well and take their chances when they come along,” said Collins to BBC 5 Live, as quoted on the BBC Sport website.
“They will need to be very compact. Guys like Neymar and Mbappe are dribblers who beat people, so it’s important that the full-backs don’t get isolated with those players in wide areas.
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“The midfielders need to get back and help the full-backs.
“Being compact is the key when they don’t have the ball, but Celtic have also got to put them on the back foot. The secret is to try and stop the service to these players at the top of the pitch.”
Celtic aren’t expected to pull up any trees against PSG on Tuesday and it may simply be a case of damage limitation for the Scottish Premiership leaders, especially when Neymar and Mbappe have been in such sensational form so far this season.
The Bhoys will have a fantastic chance of qualifying for the Europa League knock out stages if they can avoid being heavily beaten by the Parisiens and the other Group B powerhouses Bayern Munich.
Anderlecht are the Hoops’ other group stage opposition and they no doubt pose the best chance for Rodgers’ men to pick up at least one win.
In other Celtic news, Stan Collymore has given his prediction for the PSG clash.