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EX-CELT TIPS ‘COMFORTABLE’ WIN FOR HOOPS

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CHARLIE NICHOLAS reckons Celtic will be big noises at Parkhead tonight before they take their place in the Europa League last-16 draw tomorrow.

The former Hoops fans’ favourite believes it will be a typical raucous night under the lights in the east end of Glasgow when they take on FC Copenhagen after last week’s 1-1 draw in the Danish capital.

Nicholas doesn’t see a shock on the cards on this occasion for Neil Lennon’s men who, of course, agonisingly slipped up against Cluj in the Champions League qualifier in August when it looked as though they had done the hard work in achieving a 1-1 stalemate in Romania. In one of their worst performances of the campaign, they surrendered 4-3 at home.

Things have been transformed since then with Fraser Forster taking over in goal and Christopher Jullien, the £7million central defender from Toulouse, now looking settled in the heart of the rearguard.

The Frenchman scored the Betfred League Cup winner against Rangers at Hampden in December and the champions are 12 points ahead in the race for their ninth successive title.

Nicholas is tipping his old team to win 2-0 and told Sky Sports News: “The Premiership is in the bag for Celtic and I think this will be a comfortable European night.

“Copenhagen have no pace up front and little quality in the centre-back department.

“Dame N’Doye scored against Celtic and he is a handful, but Celtic could play a high line without getting too worried.

“The two Copenhagen midfielders are decent talents, but the rest, I think, are average.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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