Celtic captain Scott Brown has been waxing lyrical over the players and staff that is currently at the club, and how the club overall has benefited from playing in the Champions League recently.
The Hoops skipper was talking in Russia ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last 32 second leg tie against Zenit, a game that the Bhoys go into with a 1-0 aggregate lead.
Brown has listed three reasons why he feels that the Bhoys can progress into the next round, pointing out the quality of the manager, coaches and his team-mates.
“We have a fantastic manager, great coaches and top quality players. We’re thriving on the experience of playing in the Champions League and last 32 of the Europa League,” the 32-year-old said, as quoted by the official club Twitter account.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 21, 2018
The Hoops are playing in the last 32 of the Europa League for the first time in three years, their last encounter being a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Inter Milan, who ironically enough were managed at the time by the current Zenit manager Roberto Mancini.
Brown is well within his rights to be praising his team-mates, as the Hoops utterly dominated the first leg of the tie in Glasgow. The side that’s currently second in the Russian league could hardly get a look-in, as inspired by Brown, Eboue Kouassi and a rejuvenated Moussa Dembele, the Bhoys took the game to Zenit.
A similar performance in the second leg would most likely see the Bhoys reach the last 16 of European competition for the first time in five years, although Zenit will provide a far tougher test at home than they did at Celtic Park.
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