Alan Brazil comments on Celtic’s Champions League chances

A general view inside the ground prior to the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Will Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic be able to get the better of Bayern Munich both home and away in the Champions League this season?

Celtic's head coach Brendan Rodgers talks during a press conference in Brussels on September 26, 2017 on the eve of the Champions League group B) football match against RSC Anderlecht.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United forward Alan Brazil has suggested in The Sunday Post that Celtic could progress to the last 16 of the Champions League at the expense of Bayern Munich.

Celtic are third in Champions League Group B at the moment with three points from two matches.

Brendan Rodgers’s side are level on points with Bayern, who are currently second in the standings, and three points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

PSG and Bayern are two of the strongest teams in Europe, and the French and the German giants are the favourites to progress to the last-16 stage from Group B.

However, former Tottenham and United forward Brazil has suggested that Celtic can shock Bayern and book their place in the last-16 stage.

The 58-year-old former Scotland international, who now works as a presenter on talkSPORT and admitted in The Sunday Post in July that he is red-hot Celtic fan, has pointed out Bayern’s current problems.

The Bundesliga side recently sacked Carlo Ancelotti as their manager following a disappointing start to the season.

Bayern’s performances and results, both in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League, have not been great.

A general view of the stadium before the UEFA Champions League group C match between Celtic FC and Manchester City FC at Celtic Park on September 28, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“This time last week, I didn’t think Celtic had any hope whatsoever of securing Champions League progression,” Brazil wrote in The Sunday Post (October 1, 2017). “Now I reckon they are well in the hunt.

“But it isn’t the way they played against Anderlecht that has got me believing. It’s the blow-up at Bayern Munich.”

“A weakened proposition or not, Bayern could still take six points off Celtic,” added Brazil. “Yet something about the Bhoys’ performance against Anderlecht gives me hope.

“They were so full of confidence, so willing to take the ball, and so ruthless going forward. They looked like the top team Brendan Rodgers has been striving to turn them into since he arrived.

“They could be peaking just at the right time. Or, as far as Bayern Munich are concerned, just at the wrong time.”

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