John Hartson confident of Celtic's Champions League chances

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Former Celtic striker John Hartson explained why he's confident the club will progress in the Champions League.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson told talkSPORT that he’s confident his old club won’t have any trouble progressing in the Champions League.

Celtic take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their tie against Qarabag after defender Dedryck Boyata scored the only goal of the game last week.

It was a watchful and careful performance from the Bhoys with many maybe feeling that it leaves the side under a little bit of pressure, but Hartson senses an opportunity rather than something to be wary of

“They’ve got it all to do but it’s a good result to take away from home because they’ve kept a clean sheet and they’ve got a goal – I think they’ll get chances and if they get one then the opposition need to score three and that’s difficult,” he told talkSPORT.

Celtic should back their quality

Celtic manager Ronny Deila should be confident and should back the quality in the team to prevail over the course of 90 minutes.

Deila will know that if every man does his job in the team, Celtic should be able to win the man-for-man battles all over the pitch.

Win those battles and the club can take a step closer to being competitive in Europe, which is something which ultimately creates a number of positive knock on effects for the football club.

The Champions League is a vital platform for Celtic in terms of finance and the development of their players moving forward and they need to make sure they are part of the competition for the coming season.

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