Former Celt, Charlie Nicholas, is back with his Europa League predictions and has again attracted the ire of Hoops fans by not backing his old side getting the win in Denmark.
Speaking on Sky Sports and reported in The Daily Record, Nicholas feels that despite Celtic’s impressive run of form they will only manage a draw because of a “vulnerability away from home in Europe”. He obviously has a short memory and has forgotten the memorable 2-1 victory in Rome against Serie A big guns Lazio.
The most fascinating aspect of the Thursday night fixture will be whether or not Neil Lennon persists with his 3-5-2 formation or if he reverts to a back four, either way Nicholas didn’t mention any of this in his prediction analysis:
“Because Celtic are going so well domestically, they must focus and prepare correctly for this clash. They did not play well but got the win at Aberdeen, and this is a remarkable team for getting themselves out of holes.”
“Copenhagen have lost three in a row, and there are a few players struggling with injury. Celtic have improved in Europe, taking the scalps of Lazio twice was a big turning point for them. There is still vulnerability away from home in Europe, so it is how they manage that which will be the key.”
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Fans of the Parkhead club took to Twitter in response to “Champagne Charlie’s” latest prediction in which he doesn’t back his boyhood club to get a result and it’s fast becoming clear that he would be far from a welcome visitor should he ever make the trip up north to watch his former team:
A self-hating Celtic fan of the highest order
— Ian (@GlasgowBhoy) February 17, 2020
— Free Rogic. (@celticforever8) February 17, 2020
Totally clueless Charlie.
— Lindylou (@lindanoble0101) February 17, 2020
You lost me at Charlie Nicholas
— notthebus (@Notthebus) February 17, 2020
He says it with conviction tho. Must be true!
— Ricky Dwyer (@RickyDwyer1) February 17, 2020
Charlie who? No point clicking on that?
— Mark (@Mark16402261) February 17, 2020
And you wonder why he is called Charlie Ridiculous?
— colin titley (@colin_titley) February 17, 2020
There is no sign of Celtic showing a drop in performance levels, yes, they “only” beat Aberdeen 2-1 at the weekend but the weather conditions were horrendous and it was still a comfortable result, few would bet against the men in green and white continuing their impressive start to 2020 with yet another win.