Former Scotland international Maurice Ross predicts Celtic v Molde

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Maurice Ross is backing Celtic to beat Molde tonight.

Former Scotland international Maurice Ross has told The Scottish Sun that he expects Celtic to beat Molde in the Europa League this evening.

Ross, who earned 12 caps for Scotland, is most famous for having played for Celtic's Old Firm rivals Rangers, but he is now managing in Norway with third tier side Sola FK.

Tonight, Celtic take on Norwegian side Molde in the Europa League, as Ronny Deila looks to avenge his side's 3-1 defeat to them just two weeks ago.

The Bhoys have yet to really get going in the Europa League so far this season, with two draws and one defeat, piling the pressure on manager Deila.

The Norwegian is certainly familiar with Molde and their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having gone up against them whilst managing Stromsgodset, and he certainly needs a better result than he got a fortnight ago.

Ex-Rangers ace Ross - who is well qualified to discuss both Scottish and Norwegian football - has spoken to The Scottish Sun about the game, and has predicted that Celtic will win, with the Celtic Park atmosphere likely to be too much to overcome for Molde.

"I foresee an electric night and I don’t know if Molde will cope with that," said Ross. "People here were astonished at Celtic’s approach and I was really surprised at the way they played as well. I know Ronny, he’s a good guy, but I was shouting at the TV during the game."

"He’s a Norwegian manager coming to play a Norwegian team and I thought his team’s shape was questionable — to be very kind. Molde are a classic counter-attacking team and the way Celtic lined up suited them perfectly. It was also a game on wet astroturf, which Celtic aren’t used to. But Molde have just finished mid-table in a Norwegian top division which is as poor as it’s been in a long time. For that reason, I expect Celtic to win," he added.

Ross will have seen plenty of both sides, and he's certainly right that Celtic need a change of approach having been thrashed in Norway last month - and after three wins since that defeat to Molde, Deila will be confident of getting a win this time.

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