Celtic can “undoubtedly difficulty” holders Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League group stage opener in Glasgow, says former striker Kenny Miller.
Ange Postecoglou’s side are fourth seeds guiding the Spaniards, RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk in Team F.
But Celtic ready for Tuesday’s game with a complete 4- defeat of key domestic rivals Rangers on Saturday.
“You will find no cause why on Tuesday they can’t get off to a positive start,” Miller informed BBC Scotland’s Sportsound.
“I believe, at Celtic Park, with the way Celtic are taking part in, superior on self esteem, they can certainly issues them when they have bought the ball if they make the most of it and do what they do and prepare every single single working day to do.”
Celtic have received all 7 of their Scottish Premiership and League Cup game titles this season, scoring 29 goals and only conceding two, and Miller expects Postecoglou to undertake the similar attacking ways irrespective of the check out by the 14-time European champions.
“Ange has been very obvious on that,” he said. “We observed it in the Europa League game titles last season – they will go toe-to-toe with groups and the game titles are interesting with loads of goals.”
Miller realises that, offered they are experiencing “a person of the world’s ideal groups”, the Australian’s facet will also have to get the job done tricky without the need of the ball and protect nicely.
“He appears to be to have that buy-in from the players exactly where you have a real inventive attacking participant like Jota who will nevertheless place a shift in, Abada who is effective tirelessly on his facet of the industry and they have obtained men like Giakoumakis, Kyogo and Maeda in that front line as perfectly who work super really hard,” he claimed.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid have won all five of their domestic video games this season and top La Liga by a few points following beating nearest challengers Real Betis 2-1 on Saturday, but Miller points out that they “notoriously start off gradual” in the Champions League and shed at house to Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol previous season.
Celtic have long gone 10 online games unbeaten at dwelling, with only Rangers taking care of a attract, due to the fact getting rid of to Bodo-Glimt in the Europa Conference League knock-out phase in February and fellow former Celtic forward Simon Donnelly also thinks Postecoglou’s side can “give a excellent account of on their own”.
“Celtic likely into it on the high of a 4- win versus Rangers, the put is going to be jumping on Tuesday night time,” he added. “With their attacking prowess, they can hurt Real Madrid. The take a look at will be can they continue to keep the likes of Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric at bay?”