Michael Owen makes a prediction about Celtic

(L-R) Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Michael Carrick of Manchester United show their dejection after Everton score their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton...

Michael Owen backs Celtic to progress to the group stage of the Champions League this season.

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has predicted Celtic to progress to the group stage of the Champions League this season, as quoted by Betvictor.com.

Celtic are virtually guaranteed to feature in the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition for the second season in a row.

The Glasgow giants won the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie against FC Astana of the Kazakhstan Premier League 5-0 at Celtic Park last week.

The second leg of the tie will be played on Tuesday evening, and former Newcastle striker Owen does not see foresee any problem for the Hoops.

Brendan Rodgers Celtic Manager looks on during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Third Round, First Leg match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park Stadium on July 26, 2017 in...

“Celtic won the opening leg 5-0 at Parkhead, and should comfortably make it through to the group stages of the Champions League,” Owen wrote on Betvictor.com.

“Brendan Rodgers’ side remain so strong at the back and I would be surprised to see the hosts net against an efficient Hoops defence.

“I expect Celtic to start with a strong side and, providing they have the tie sewn-up by half-time, they will be able to make plenty of changes after the break.”

A footnote added: “Michael’s recommendation: Under 2.5 Goals at Evens.”

(L-R) Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Michael Carrick of Manchester United show their dejection after Everton score their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton...

Celtic are a much stronger and better team than Astana, and they showed that in the first leg at Celtic Park last week.

While a defeat for the Hoops this evening cannot be entirely ruled out, it is hard to see Brendan Rodgers’s concede five or more goals.

Celtic fans should be optimistic that they will see their team playing in the Champions League group stage for the second season in a row.

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