Dan Petrescu shares honest opinion of Celtic Park ahead of Champions League qualifier

(CHINA OUT) Dan Petrescu, head coach of Jiangsu Suning, looks on during the Chinese Football Association Super League match between Henan Jianye and Jiangsu Suning at Zhengzhou Hanghai...

The Hoops host CFR Cluj at Parkhead on Tuesday night with the tie evenly poised at 1-1.

Dan Petrescu, head coach of CRF Cluj, in action during the game  during the UEFA Champions League 2019

Ahead of Celtic's Champions league third qualifying round second leg with CFR Cluj, opposition manager Dan Petrescu has praised the Hoops' stadium and suggested he used the prospect of playing at Parkhead as an incentive for his players to progress in the competition (Football Scotland).

In addition, the 51-year-old admitted he wanted to don the famous green and white hoops during his playing career and hinted that he would like to one day manage the side, in comments that the Celtic contingent is likely to take with a pinch of salt.

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Neil Lennon's side played out a 1-1 draw with the Romanian champions last week at the Dr Constantin Radulescu and on Tuesday night will look to get the better of their opponents on home turf as they bid to secure a tie with Czech side Slavia Prague in the next round.

 

In his pre-match press conference, Petrescu said of Celtic's 60,411-seater ground: "Before we played Maccabi Tel Aviv, I told my players that we have to qualify because we have to go to the best stadium in the world.

"The players on the pitch were impressed about the stadium and they will be more impressed when the stadium is full. The crowd will help them but it's a great challenge for us and it's good for the players because none of our players have played here before. I wanted to play here. Hopefully one day I will manage here, you never know."

Celtic fans greet the arrival of the Celtic FC team bus at Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and RB Salzburg at Celtic Park on December 13, 2018 in...

Petrescu has been highly complimentary of Celtic ahead of the return leg in Glasgow, even comparing them to Barcelona (Football Scotland), but the Bhoys will need - and surely will - remain fully focused on the job at hand amid what could perhaps be perceived as mind games by the opposition manager.

Last week, CFR Cluj briefly led Celtic through Mario Rondon but James Forrest levelled with an away goal for Neil Lennon's side, which failed to win a competitive match for the first time this season.

Odsonne Edouard of Celtic FC in action against Paulo Vinicius of CFR Cluj  during the UEFA Champions League 2019

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