Scott MacDonald makes bold prediction ahead of Celtic v PSG
By Harry Sykes
Scott MacDonald has backed Celtic to spring an upset in their Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.
Mega-rich PSG are strong favourites going into the Parkhead showdown as they prepare to bring an array of stars to Glasgow, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
But former Hoops forward MacDonald is convinced that Celtic can achieve an upset given their improvement under manager Brendan Rodgers and the ferocious backing of their supporters.
“At home in these big occasions, you always feel there is a chance,” said MacDonald, now at Dundee United, to the BBC Sport website. “You always feel it just might be your night.
“With the mentality in the squad and what Brendan Rodgers has given them, they are full of belief.
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“The bigger the challenge, the better. You always want to prove something at this level. It’s a great spotlight for them.
“”ou come to Celtic Park and you are in for a game.”
McDonald, 34, enjoyed some big European nights in his three seasons at Celtic, including scoring a last-minute winner against AC Milan in 2007.
The 25-times Australia international left the club in 2010 to join Middlesbrough for £4million after his 125 Celtic matches yielded 60 goals and 21 assists.
Despite bold backing Celtic to overturn the odds, MacDonald does not think they will progress from a group that also includes Bayern Munich and Anderlecht although he has hopes of them dropping into the Europa League.
“This is the best time to get PSG,” the striker said to the BBC. “It’s early in the season, they are getting used to new players and new ideas.
“If Celtic could get something, it would set them up nice for the trip to Anderlecht.
“Finishing third in the group would be a great achievement. Anderlecht are a very good side. They took Manchester United to extra time in the Europa League last season.”
In other Celtic news, the club are in advanced talks to sign up an enforcer, with the deal to be done this month.