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Charlie Nicholas predicts Celtic v Anderlecht

DUNDEE, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 15 Kris Commons of Celtic celebrates with his team mates Leigh Griffiths and Mikael Lustig after scoring a spectacular volleyed goal from distance in the second...

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths is enduring a difficult run of form at the minute.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Leigh Griffiths of Celtic during the Betfred Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on...

Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he expects Moussa Dembele to score for Celtic tonight if he starts in the Hoops' Champions League clash with Anderlecht.

Brendan Rodgers's side have one foot in the Europa League knockout stages and avoiding a three-goal defeat at Parkhead will see them pip the Belgian side - whom they beat 3-0 earlier in the competition - to third spot in their Champions League group.

Dembele has been passed fit by Rodgers to take part but it remains to be seen whether the Celtic boss risks him from the beginning, meaning Leigh Griffiths - without a goal in four games - or Odsonne Edouard could spearhead the Bhoys' attack.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic  celebrates with Leigh Griffiths of Celtic after he scores through the legs of Matt Gilks of Rangers during the Betfred Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and...

Edouard grabbed a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 demolition of Parkhead in a game where Griffiths never made it off the bench, and Nicholas believes the Scottish hitman is "going off the boil" lately and backs his former club to see off Anderlecht, who have lost all five Group B games.

He told Sky Sports: "Anderlecht were in turmoil in that match and they don't seem to have come out of that, despite getting a win at the weekend, so I'm quite confident for this one, for once!

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

Anderlecht have to win by three goals to get level and that isn't going to happen. Celtic fans will understand they don't need to force the game, the atmosphere will build and I think Celtic will pick them off.

We're waiting to see if Moussa Dembele is fit and if he is then they can definitely do some damage on the break. If he starts I'd be backing him to score, especially with Leigh Griffiths going off the boil."

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