Celtic winger James Forrest has highlighted the importance of the Hoops scoring in Romania this midweek.

Neil Lennon takes his side to face Cluj on Wednesday evening in their fifth Champions League match of the season. The Hoops have already seen off FK Sarajevo and Nomme Kalju with relative ease, but they will expect things to get a whole lot harder against Dan Petrescu’s side.

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And Forrest reckons the key could be in registering some away goals in Romania.


He told the BBC: “Cluj will be really hard, they have Champions League experience and international players.

“We know it will be a really difficult game but I think we have the players to deal with it and get a positive result. We’ll look to score over there, an away goal could be important. You might only get one or two chances.

“The staff will do their stuff on the opposition, so we’ll get to know them a bit more over the next couple of days.”

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Forrest is right, Celtic want goals in Romania

Obviously, it would be best if Celtic could come away with a draw or a win in midweek. However, if they are to lose then scoring one or more away goals could prove crucial.

The nightmare scenario is registering a blank over in Romania and then knowing that Cluj could seize the initiative by scoring in Glasgow. It’s likely to be a tense affair in the east end as it is so we could probably do with as little fear as possible.

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Celtic should respect their opponents, but not let that respect cross over into fear. They are a decent enough side but we are still the heavy favourites and should look to show that in the first leg.

We effectively killed off the tie against Sarajevo with three goals in Bosnia. Doing likewise in Romania would be a dream scenario.

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