Taste of their own medicine - O'Brien makes surprise claim about Celtic loss v PSG
By James Black
Former Celtic midfielder Jim O’Brien has surprisingly claimed it was “nice” seeing his old club humiliated by Paris Saint-Germain.
According to O’Brien, the Hoops got a taste of their own medicine as star-studded PSG racked up an emphatic 5-0 win to condemn the Glaswegian side to their worst home defeat since 1895.
Celtic have won the last six Scottish Premiership titles at a canter and O’Brien believes the PSG result will them some insight into how the rest of Scottish football feels following years of domination from his old employers.
“I said that to my friends. I am in a group chat with my friends at home and they were saying: ‘It’s not good enough, we are not getting near them'” O’Brien said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“And I just said: ‘Well, this is how everyone else feels when they play against Celtic’.
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“It’s nice to see Celtic maybe getting a little taste of that and realising how everyone else feels.”
O’Brien was at Parkhead from 1999-2008, making his senior debut in 2005, and will return to Celtic Park on Friday when his current club Ross County take on the Scottish champions.
The 29-year-old is hopeful his side can take something from the trip to Glasgow but knows Celtic still have a very strong squad if Rodgers wields the axe after the Hoops’ European capitulation.
He added: “The only thing is we hope they are maybe a little bit tired and their energy levels are down, but they have lads that never played on Tuesday with good enough quality,” the 29-year-old said.
“They could throw a couple of kids in from the under-19 game they played at Dumbarton the other night as well and still have good quality.
“They will be hurting as well, they will be wanting a positive result and a reaction to the first-half performance on Tuesday night.”
Celtic also face the prospect of their first trip to Ibrox this season when they travel across Glasgow next weekend to take on Old Firm rivals Rangers and, depending on results, could fall behind the Gers in the league table for the first time in six years before tomorrow’s game.