Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas predicts Celtic v Borussia Monchengladbach result

General view inside Celtic Park

Celtic take on Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League this evening.

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Pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he thinks Celtic will draw 0-0 with Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League this evening.

After beating Motherwell 2-0 in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon, the Bhoys must now turn their attention back to European football as they face Bundesliga side Gladbach tonight.

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So far, Celtic have one point from their two group games, having lost 7-0 away at Barcelona before an entertaining 3-3 draw with Manchester City – a game which Celtic led three times.

Ultimately though, Celtic are unlikely to finish in the top two of Group C given the quality of Barcelona and Manchester City, so Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to claim third place and subsequent entry into the knockout stages of the Europa League.

It may come down to a straight fight between Celtic and Gladbach for third place, which is what makes tonight's game so important for both teams.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during trainingCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers during training

Ahead of the game, former Celtic striker and current pundit Charlie Nicholas has offered his prediction for the game to Sky Sports.

Nicholas agrees with the notion that this is the key game for Celtic as they take on Gladbach at home, but admits he's concerned with the clash of styles on offer.

Nicholas thinks Gladbach will be happy to sit back and defend with the likes of Andreas Christensen and Nico Elvedi, and predicts a 0-0 draw between the two sides in Glasgow this evening.

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“It sounds crazy when you're in a group with Barcelona and Manchester City but this is the key game for Celtic being at home, when third place is the realistic target,” said Nicholas. “To get third place it's probably a must-win situation, but I'm concerned because they have to force it a bit more. It's a different sort of pressure with that atmosphere and you're now expected to win.”

“Gladbach are more equipped to be defensive-minded. I know they struggled with a 0-0 at the weekend and they're missing a couple of players, but they are solid. They'll be a lot more organised than Manchester City's defence and wary of Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele's pace. These games are different because Gladbach will frustrate, make the game a stop-start one, with the expectation of the fans very different,” he added.

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