Charlie Nicholas explains what is different about Celtic now than in the past

Celtic are struggling to control matches in Europe nowadays.

Speaking to Sky Sports, former Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas has admitted that the Bhoys do not control games in the same way they used to, especially when taking to the field in European competitions.

He said: “They don't control football matches the way that they did in the past. In the reverse fixture Molde totally outplayed them, out moved them, out passed them, out fought them and Celtic were absolutely dreadful. There's a lot of these players who are strong enough domestically but not strong enough to adapt to the European style.”

Whilst Celtic are sure to win the Scottish Premiership once again, they have failed to impose themselves in Europe since Ronny Deila’s appointment.

They have struggled in Champions League qualifying games, and are currently enduring a torrid run of form in the Europa League.

Deila's men have picked up just two points from their three group games this term, losing 3-1 to Molde last time out.

They host the same opponents this evening at Parkhead, but Nicholas is not confident with the game considering that Celtic can now struggle to control games in the same they they used to.

Against Molde they were always on the back foot, and it is hard to imagine them becoming good enough to pick up three points by this evening.

Against a team of Molde’s size, Celtic should have enough quality to impose themselves upon a game, and play the type of football they show in Scotland, which is based around controlling the ball.

However, Deila’s team always look threatened and scared of controlling games when they take to Europe, and it appears as if a number of changes need to be made if Deila is going to get Celtic back to the level that Bhoys’ fans expect.

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