By Paddy Kenny

16th Sep, 2022 | 11:00am

Pundit issues 'unreal' Celtic Champions League claim after what he's seen

Celtic can qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League despite a winless start to their group stage campaign.

That’s according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Hoops’ results in Europe this season.

Celtic drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday (14 September) after losing their first Champions League game of the season 3-0 to Real Madrid last week.

The Hoops still need to play RB Leipzig home and away as well as travel to the Bernabeu to face Los Blancos.

Kenny insists Celtic can reach the next round but admitted a drop into the Europa League would not be a negative thing for the club.

“Celtic can’t be too disheartened if they are getting beaten in Europe, they are in a hard group,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“Getting away draws is big for them because they can beat anyone at home, well, maybe not Real Madrid but even the best teams in the world would struggle to do that.

“They can’t read into the Madrid game, they were well in the game until the first goal went in.

“Celtic can get into the next round playing like that and that would be an unreal achievement for them.

“But let’s be honest, dropping into the Europa League wouldn’t be the worst thing for them either.”

Celtic are next in Champions League action on 5 October against RB Leipzig.

Before that, they face two Premiership games against St Mirren (18 September) and Motherwell (1 October).

In other news, Frank McAvennie has lambasted ‘stupid’ Celtic fans after BBC’s investigation update.