Astra Giurgiu boss admits wanting to face Celtic in the Champions League, as they are most beatable

The Romanian side believe Celtic are the easiest tie they could get.

Ronny Deila has left Celtic, despite another successful season in the Scottish Premiership, with many Celtic fans not impressed by the club’s performances in Europe this season.

They are however in the Champions League again for next season and will begin their campaign at the second qualifying round.

Celtic, who are set to be among the top seeds at this stage of the competition, might be considered a team to avoid by many clubs.

However, Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu are hoping to face Celtic in the third qualifying round.

Astra have advanced to the third qualifying round by virtue of Romania’s place ahead of Scotland in UEFA’s coefficient rankings.

They will however be likely to be in opposite sides of the third round draw, based on their team rankings.

Speaking to Gazeta Sporturilor the Astra manager admitted Celtic would be his preferred choice. Marius Sumudica stated:

"We have teams that are very heavy, not easy at all.

"It will be very difficult, if not impossible. I would prefer to play against Celtic, they are the most beatable.

"And my players all the would choose the Scots. The remaining teams are very difficult."

Astra would of course be a threat for any team at this stage. West Ham United can vouch for the quality of the team – as they were knocked out of the Europa League by them at the start of the season.

They then went on to win the Romanian Liga I title and Celtic should be wary of their threat.

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