Valencia boss Marcelino Garcia Toral has picked out three Celtic players his side must be wary of ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash at Parkhead, as reported by the Daily Record.
Celtic will host the La Liga giants on their home soil in a repeat of the famous UEFA Cup clash of 2001. The Hoops lost on penalties 18 years ago to a Valencia side containing the likes of Santiago Canizares, Roberto Ayala and Vicente but Marcelino’s current squad looks nowhere near as strong ahead of the round of 32 fixture.
Star striker Rodrigo Moreno has been left at home with Jose Luis Gaya, Santi Mina, Gabriel Paulista and Facundo Roncaglia also missing.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the former Villarreal boss has highlighted the quality available to rival manager Brendan Rodgers and singled out three players for praise.
"Celtic have a lot of very good players at very high levels. They are a very good team, with very good players. I have the feeling that, in the future, some of these players will be playing at a very high level."
Valencia are ninth in La Liga after a disappointing season but they are still arguably the favourites going into the two-legged tie.
But Celtic are in top form right now, winning their last seven games in all competitions since December’s 1-0 defeat to Rangers, scoring 21 goals and conceding none.