EXCLUSIVE

Celtic showed great character to come back and secure a comfortable win against FK Sarajevo in their Champions League qualifier on Tuesday, according to Jackie McNamara.

The former Bhoys ace, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that away trips in Europe can prove to be intimidating for players and that it was a “crazy” atmosphere in the Bosnian capital for the Hoops to handle.

Having fallen behind just before the half-hour mark, Neil Lennon’s men came out on top in a 3-1 victory, Mikey Johnston, Odsonne Edouard and Scott Sinclair finding the back of the net.

McNamara insisted the Bosnian side’s bright start was nothing to be too concerned about for Celtic and was left raving over the way they came back, rather than being worried about falling behind in the first place.

Asked about the character shown by the Bhoys, McNamara told Football Insider: “Even though they went one down, I thought they started well, they controlled the game well.

“They managed to react well, getting back in. That’s the pleasing thing, especially away from home. Sometimes these places can be quite intimidating with the crowd and the place went crazy when they scored. It went very quiet when Celtic scored, which was good!

“Playing in these games so early, you’re not ready, they’ll still not be ready yet. They’ll get more training, more game time in the next game. I think that’s job done, they shouldn’t be any hiccups now, especially at home where they’re very, very strong.”

Celtic will welcome Sarajevo to Parkhead on Wednesday 17 July as both sides look to progress to the second round of qualifiers, with either Nõmme Kalju or Shkëndija lying in wait.

It was the latter side, who are Macedonian champions, who came out on top in their clash on Tuesday, beating their Estonian rivals 1-0 away from home.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED the Hoops are plotting a move to snap up a prolific forward from England.