Feyenoord boss Arne Slot says there is no use in comparing the upcoming matches against Celtic to the recent tie between PSV and Rangers.
Slot reckons that Celtic are a class apart from the Ibrox side, having dominated Scottish football over the last decade.
So he isn’t paying much attention to the way PSV went about their business and is more focused on the threats that the Bhoys have.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference, he said [Football Scotland]: “I think Brendan Rodgers did a very good job with Leicester City with football that I think everybody likes to watch. And this season he does this again with Celtic as well.
“There are players that stand out for me when it comes to the threat they have and that is of course the two players up front, especially the striker and the left winger [Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda]. They both have threatening deep runs.
“But I also like their midfield and the way they play and the style they play. It’s my belief that all of the players have individual skills but they can grow because of the team. You see that the team structure is very good and that’s why the individuals perform like they do.
“PSV won easily at home, but they were unable to win away. Celtic have only lost to Rangers once in the last six meetings and have been champions nine times in the last ten years. They have simply been a much better club than Rangers over the last ten years, although I will now tell the Rangers fans a bit of an insult. If you look at the performances, I think you have to assess them differently than Rangers.”
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The Dutch side clearly aren’t taking the Scottish champions lightly. They were never going to. They’ll be heading into Tuesday night’s game fully focused and ready for a high-quality battle.
The onus is on Celtic to live up to that billing and show why they are worthy of playing at the Champions League group stage level. Hopefully, by the end of the night, Slot is left knowing that he was right with his pre-match assessment.
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