Celtic Analysis

Anderlecht Vs Celtic – Preview


By Tom Mackinnon

Celtic face Anderlecht tomorrow in what is already deemed to be a vital match for both sides.

The importance of this Champions League group-stage match isn’t lost on RockSport radio’s Hamish Carton.

“It’s not quite a must win yet, well it’s must win if we want qualification through to the round of 16 but I don’t think anyone is thinking along those lines.” Said the Celtic fan and podcaster.

Carton is cautious: “Our recent away in Europe has been terrible, our last win was against Spartak Moscow [in December 2012]. They have been good at home, they won after coming from behind on Saturday, they may not be the most confident but they have shown good determination.”

Celtic go into the game at Constant Vanden Stock stadium in as imperious form as ever under Brendan Rodgers, beating Rangers comfortably on Saturday afternoon. Goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths were enough to see off their biter rivals at Ibrox, in what was a sub-par performance from Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers.

Whilst all is calm at Celtic Park, the same can’t be said for Anderlecht, who struggled to a 2-1 win at Waasland-Beveren under interim coach Frank Boekx.

Carton continues: “You have to be wary of a team without a permanent manager, its not always easy as to what to expect in that situation.”

Boekx replaced Swiss coach Rene Weiler on a temporary basis after only two wins in their first seven league games, as well as a defeat to Bayern Munich in the past Champions League game week.

The one dilemma for Rodgers going into game is who starts up front, Saturday’s goal hero Griffiths or last season’s top goal scorer Moussa Dembele.

Carton reckons: “If it was any other game I’d go Griffiths after his goal on Saturday but for his physicality it has to be Dembele.”

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