Former Celtic striker Scott MacDonald told the Glasgow Evening Times that he’s confident the Bhoys will pull through their Champions League qualification game against Qarabag later this afternoon.
Ronny Deila’s team take a 1-0 lead into the contest and MacDonald has explained that he feels there is more than enough quality through the middle of the back four for his old side to pull through a difficult game.
“I strongly think they will get through. I was at the first leg and Qarabag were impressive. They were very intricate and they passed the ball really well,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“But they never really hurt Celtic, defensively. [Dedryck] Boyata and [Virgil] van Dijk looked very comfortable at times.”
Why Deila should be confident
Deila should be confident of a win, although Qarabag will have to get at Celtic because they’re chasing the game.
Celtic have the superior quality and the Norwegian will trust his players to win the man-for-man battles all over the pitch.
If the individual clashes go Celtic’s way, it should mean that they have slowly grown into the game, taking control before making the most of the good chances they create for themselves.
The defence is vital
The combination of Virgil van Dijk and Dedryck Boyata which MacDonald mentions will be vital during this game.
They have to remain tightly knit, making it difficult for Qarabag to break through by preventing big gaps from opening up between them.
If they look like a formidable partnership during this game, it’s unlikely that Celtic’s defence will be breached.