Charlie Nicholas has a stark warning for Celtic ahead of Molde tie

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The Bhoys are considered favourites for their Europa League fixture but 'Champagne' Charlie is not so sure.

Celtic take on Molde in the Europa League this evening and go into the game as favourites amongst many.

The Bhoys are top of their domestic league whilst Molde are languishing in the Norwegian Tippeligaen.

However the home side this evening are top of their European group. Molde have scored a draw v Ajax and a win v Fenerbahce so far in the competition and have been buoyed by the return of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.

One man who does not think Celtic will have it all their own way this evening is former player Charlie Nicholas.

The former Scotland international spent five years at Celtic in the early 90's and started his career at the club before a move to Arsenal - he is something of a legend at Celtic Park.

However he is not sure that Celtic are the favourites for this game. He wrote in his column for Sky Sports:

"I don't understand how Celtic have favouritism, I really don't. Molde have got four points so far and Celtic have two draws and if it's because of league positions, and I think Molde are seventh in their league, that doesn't mean a lot to me.

"European games take a lot out of these Scandinavian sides because they're so committed to gaining the finance from getting through the stages.

"This is another tough call for me because Celtic have not got a great record away from home, while Molde can just sit in and say, if you are favourites and the bigger club then break us down."

Celtic boss Ronny Deila will know this. The Norwegian will be well aware of the threat the side from his country will pose tonight especially at home.

Hopefully the advice of Champage Charlie is similar to what Deila will offer his players. Be confident but not arrogant and they should be able to snatch all three points from their Norwegian adventure.

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