Celtic host Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday and the home form of Celtic in this competition is quite something to behold. A capacity Celtic Park on a Champions League night really is a special occasion and as well as giving the home side an extra spring in their step, seems to strike fear into the greatest of opposition.
Last time out, after being roundly thrashed in Camp Nou they faced a Manchester City side who were on top form and coming on the back of ten wins on the trot. The bookmakers had already written off Celtic’s chances, marking down Manchester City as 1/7 favourites and rating the hoops chances at 10/1. Moussa Dembele, who signed from Fulham in the summer, opened the scoring with just 3 minutes on the clock and this kicked off what will be remembered as another epic night as the sides slugged out a 3-3 draw. Dembele went on to claim a brace for the night, with Raheem Sterling also scoring two, although he may want to forget his own goal.
European giants such as Juventus, Manchester United and lately Barcelona have all come to Glasgow and left the city obsessed with football with nothing. In fact, Celtic, with 25 Champions League home fixtures have lost just three, drawn six and won sixteen, and if they make it seventeen against Borussia Monchengladbach, they will put themselves in a strong position for at least a third place finish.
In 2012, under Neil Lennon’s guidance, they were drawn in a group containing an all-conquering Barcelona. Victor Wanyama, who now plies his trade with Tottenham Hotspur following his summer move from Southampton opened the scoring, rising high above a static Barcelona defence to head into the net, on that memorable night. With Celtic leading 1-0, Lennon baffled the support by bringing on young striker Tony Watt who went on to score a goal he will never forget as the Hoops took a 2-0 lead. Lionel Messi did manage a consolation goal that night in the 91st minute, but once again the fortress of Celtic Park saw off another challenger.
With Borussia Monchengladbach pointless in the group, they know a defeat here would virtually spell the end of their European campaign this season. Striker Andre Hahn is expecting a no-holds barred match and is adamant that Monchengladbach will be up for the fight. Celtic on the other hand, will run out once again to a rocking Celtic Park, savour the legendary atmosphere and go all out to get that seventeenth home win.
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