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22nd Aug, 2017 | 3:28pm

Michael Owen predicts Celtic v FC Astana

By Harvey Byrne

Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen has predicted Celtic to make it comfortably to the Champions League group stage ahead of Tuesday’s clash against FC Astana.

The Hoops are currently preparing to face the Kazakhstan-based club at the Astana Arena ahead of the second-leg of the play-off round of the Champions League qualifying stages.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are going into the match with a comfortable 5-0 lead after two strikes from Scott Sinclair alongside an effort from James Forrest and two own goals gave the Glasgow giants a stunning victory at Parkhead last week.

Now, Owen has predicted that Celtic will face no obstacles on Tuesday, stating that he would even be surprised to see FC Astana get on the score sheet.

“Celtic won the opening leg 5-0 at Parkhead, and should comfortably make it through to the group stages of the Champions League,” told Owen, as quoted by the Bet Victor website.

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“Brendan Rodgers’ side remain so strong at the back and I would be surprised to see the hosts net against an efficient Hoops defence. I expect Celtic to start with a strong side and, providing they have the tie sewn-up by half-time, they will be able to make plenty of changes after the break.”

Celtic have started the 2017-18 campaign as they left the last one, winning eight of their first nine matches in all competitions despite injuries to key players such as Moussa Dembele, Leigh Griffiths and Erik Sviatchenko.

They will be looking to continue their fine form with another victory against FC Astana on Tuesday, which is set to kick off at 4.30pm.

Last season the Hoops reached the group stages of the Champions League, where they were then dumped out after failing to win any other six group matches.

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