Borussia Monchengladbach defender Oscar Wendt has revealed the grew up watching Celtic.
Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta in action with Borussia Monchengladbach's Oscar Wendt
Borussia Monchengladbach defender Oscar Wendt has told The Scottish Sun that he grew up watching Celtic because of his compatriot Henrik Larsson.
Bundesliga side Gladbach travel to Celtic Park on Wednesday evening as they take on Brendan Rodgers' Bhoys in the Champions League, with Andre Schubert's men looking for their first win of the group stage.
Henrik Larsson celebrates scoring for Celtic
Having lost 4-0 to Manchester City and 2-1 to Barcelona, Gladbach need to get off the mark if they are to stand any chance of getting out of Group C, which already looked unlikely given the teams they face.
Therefore, the two upcoming games against Celtic will be vital for Gladbach, as many believe the two sides will be vying for third spot in the group, which results in a Europa League knockout spot.
Schubert's players will be well aware of the atmosphere generated at Celtic Park on Champions League nights, and one player who knows that better than most is left back Oscar Wendt.
Henrik Larsson in action for Celtic
The 30-year-old has already played at Celtic Park with Copenhagen, a game which the Danes lost – and Wendt has told The Scottish Sun that the atmosphere was one of the best he's ever experienced.
Wendt even added that he grew up watching Celtic, because his fellow Swede Henrik Larsson was starring for the Bhoys at the time.
Larsson smashed 242 goals in 313 games for Celtic, making himself a hero with the Bhoys and also back home in Sweden, which prompted Wendt to start following the club.
Manchester City's Jesus Navas in action with Borussia Monchengladbach's Oscar Wendt
“Henrik is only behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic in terms of being a legend in Sweden so I grew up watching Celtic when he was there,” said Wendt. “Everyone in Sweden followed their results. I have always looked for Celtic’s scores and kept an eye on Scottish football, so I was pleased when we drew them as it is another chance to play in Glasgow.”
“I played there once before with Copenhagen. We lost in Glasgow and then won at home. The thing I remember most is the atmosphere. It was one of the best I’ve experienced, it’s electrifying and the players here have all been talking about it. The supporters at Celtic really back their players so it’s a huge boost for them to have 60,000 fans singing,” he added.
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