Barcelona's Luis Enrique backs Celtic for Champions League progression

Barcelona's Coach Luis Enrique during training

The Barcelona manager is confident that Celtic will make it into the Champions League group stages.

Barcelona's Coach Luis Enrique during training

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has told the Daily Mail that he is expecting Celtic to reach the Champions League group stages.

The La Liga side took on Brendan Rodgers' team on Saturday, coming out 3-1 winners at the Aviva Stadium.

The friendly comes just before Celtic take on FC Astana in the second leg of their Champions League third round qualifying tie.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic secured a 1-1 draw in Kazakhstan to put them firmly in contention of making it into the group stages for the first time in two years.

And Enrique says he is expecting to see them get the job done and qualify.

“The sensation of the Celtic team is good and they now have the second game in the Champions League,” he told the Daily Mail.

"They have to adapt the players to the new coach and I hope that they do that. I expect that they will go through. It’s great to have a crowd and supporters like that in the Champions League.”

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

It remains to be seen if the Bhoys can secure a positive result at Celtic Park and make it into the Champions League group stages.

They will have been surprised by the quality that Astana offered in the first leg, but still managed to secure a draw away from home.

That will give them confidence of finishing the job at home, although they will know that it is far from a foregone conclusion despite Enrique’s confidence in them.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique

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