By Danny Wright
John Hartson believes that Celtic have to hope that Paris Saint-Germain have an “off-night” in order to come away with a respectable result at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.
Brendan Rodgers’ side travel to the French capital for their penultimate game in the Champions League this season before dropping out of Europe or heading into the Europa League knock-out rounds after Christmas.
A point for Celtic would likely assure them of a third-placed finish in their group, especially if Anderlecht lose against Bayern Munich in the other game on the night.
However the chances of that are slim as the Bhoys come up against the most expensive attack force in the history of football in Paris.
PSG’s stars were in full flight at Celtic Park earlier this season as they turned out 5-0 victors.
Hartson has warned that any result in the Hoops’ favour is likely to hinge on PSG’s performance more than anything, but has still called for his old side to put in a mammoth shift against the French titans.
“This is the biggest club competition in the world, it’s where Celtic want to be. They don’t come any bigger than PSG away,” said Hartson, as shown on BT Sport Football’s official Twitter account ahead of kick-off on Wednesday.
“They’re going to have to be almost perfect tonight and hope that PSG have a bit of an off-night to come out with some respect, not 5-0 like it was in the home game, but it could quite easily happen.
“Celtic need to go there and do as best as they can, that’s all they can do basically.”
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Celtic have lost three of their four Champions League fixtures this season after two losses to Bayern adding to the mauling against PSG.
They hammered Anderlecht 3-0 in Belgium though to solidify their chances of finishing third and parachuting into the Europa League, further adding to the progress that Rodgers has made in the Parkhead hotseat.
In other Celtic news, Alan Brazil has aimed a swipe at Rangers in support of the Bhoys.