Charlie Nicholas predicts victor between Celtic and Zenit


"We played a flawless game, really, in terms of how the players defended and attacked".

"Over the last two seasons in Europe we've been developing".

Diving and snoods may come and go, but Brown will always be Celtic's beating heart, a real footballer's footballer. We've been playing different formations and styles against top quality teams. "If we manage to do that, I think we can eliminate them".

"In all our qualification games we have played since I have been at Celtic, whether you are home or away, it's important to retain the emotion of the game". We have a fantastic manager, great coaches and top-quality players.

"We'd have liked to have got one or two more goals but our concentration and quality was at a really high level".

"European football is notoriously very hard for ourselves but I think we showed in the first leg how well we can play".

The game was clearly played with the Zenit return leg in mind, and should they make it through tonight, the same issue will be presented in the round of 16.

"We showed last week we can play with aggression, quality and intensity so it gives us a great opportunity".

Celtic's involvement in the Europa League would see them playing on Sundays rather than Saturdays, meaning Rangers could have the chance to play before their rivals and close the gap, putting the pressure on Brendan Rodgers' side to restore their lead at the top of the table, which could be a psychological advantage to Murty's men.

"Our belief has always been there".

"They will be expected to go through over the two legs, so my mindset hasn't changed".

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

"But they may want to bring a bit more initiative to the game".

"For us, there are still areas where we can be better".