Celtic head to happy hunting ground hoping to replicate Parkhead perfection

Posted February 23, 2018

BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has attempted to provoke Rangers fans by claiming "all of Scotland" will be cheering on Brendan Rodgers' Celtic side in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Callum McGregor scored the only goal of the game as Celtic edged the first leg against the Russian side, who were playing their first competitive game in two months after their winter break.

Speaking through an interpreter, he said: "The problem wasn't our preparation, it was the first match of the season for us".

"We know they are good players and they have quality, but so do we and we showed that last week".

People might think us Scots are okay with the weather over there, but the conditions are a different level of cold and I'm afraid I'm going for a tough night for the travellers and another Celtic defeat.

"Yet again we're facing another top quality club". We have a fantastic manager, great coaches and top-quality players.

The Scottish champions were well worth their 1-0 win in the first leg of their last-32 clash in Glasgow last week.

They are aiming to reach the last 16 for the first time since 2003/04 when Rodgers' fellow Ulsterman Martin O'Neill's side lost to Villarreal in the quarter-finals.

"It would be a huge achievement for us to go through".

"Obviously the competition itself and European football is notoriously very hard now for ourselves, but I think we showed in the first leg how well we played".

"It was hard last week but yet again we upped our game and we played well in the game".

"But you have to be able to play quality football and to do that you have to stay calm and retain your emotions, no matter how the game goes".

"We know that over the course of the two legs we need to replicate that, but the players are ready for that".

Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers wants his players to chill when they take to the Krestovsky Stadium turff this evening.