After a very disappointing first leg fixture last week, Celtic face a very tough trip to Norway on Wednesday evening as they look to book their place in the Champions League group stages.
It was widely expected that they would take care of Norwegian outfit Rosenborg without too much trouble on home soil, but in the end, they drew the game 0-0 on a hugely disappointing night.
Celtic do have the quality to qualify for the next round for sure. They are a much better team than the Norwegian’s but after their showing last week, who knows what will happen here. With the Norwegian league part way through the season, fitness advantage will be with them, although Celtic are coming towards the end of their pre-season schedule now.
I expect the game to be more open than the first leg, with more chances being available to both teams. Rosenborg had a clear plan in the first leg to defend and frustrate Celtic as much as possible and in the end that worked well for them. They can’t, and won’t have the same plan this time around, they will want to attack more to try and win the game.
That gives them a chance to win it, but it will also open them up more, allowing Celtic more room to attack. That is exactly what Celtic will want, and I believe they will be able to cut open the Norwegian’s thanks to that and continue their Champions League push.
After such a disappointing result last week, Celtic need to bounce back well in this one if they are to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League. With a more open game expected, I think that will suit them and they will find a way to win this one.