Valencia boss names three Celtic players he thinks are very good

Marcelino Garcia Toral, Manager   of Valencia looks on prior to the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Villarreal CF at Estadio Mestalla on January 26, 2019 in Valencia, Spain.

Marcelino's La Liga outfit Valencia will face Scottish Premiership champions Celtic in the Europa League round of 32 at Parkhead.

Marcelino Garcia Toral, Manager   of Valencia looks on prior to the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Villarreal CF at Estadio Mestalla on January 26, 2019 in Valencia, Spain.

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.

"I think James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard, Scott Brown are all very good players,” said Marcelino, while also highlighting the quality of injured left-back Kieran Tierney (below)

Kieran Tierney (L) and Scott Sinclair of Celtic celebrate their team's third goal scored by Callum McGregor during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at...

"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.

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.

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