Rosenborg vs Celtic by Hassy
Last season I think it would be very fair to sat that The Bhoys were very unlucky to be drawn in a group that consisted of Barcelona and Manchester City and Mochengladbach. From those three away group games they managed to secure draws on two occasions and Rosenborg are nowhere near to the quality of the teams we have mentioned above. It is also worth noting that they come into this game in good form and full of goals having scored six against Linfield in the two legs previous and demolished Sunderland by a 5-0 scoreline in an away friendly this weekend.
Nadir Ciftci featured against Sunderland, as Rodgers looked at alternative attacking options after both Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths missed the first-leg of this tie through injury. Griffiths should feature this time around, but defenders Dedryk Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko are both out.
The hosts Rosenborg are of course midway through their league campaign and despite spending a fair bit of money are not romping away with the league title as one would have expected them to. Nonetheless, having gained a credible 0-0 in Scotland they should be confident of getting a result that will see them through. In the last round they made very hard work of knocking out Irish side Dundalk and another similar performance will definitely not be enough against a Celtic side that are slick and dangerous on the counter attack. Experienced Norwegian international Tore Reginiussen is out with injury, but the hosts could welcome back his fellow Norway star Pal Andre Helland after an absence of three weeks.
Rosenborg will be slightly more open as they look to take the game to the visitors and I can't help but think that this is going to play straight into Celtic's hands. They will look very dangerous on the counter attack and I also feel they boast far more quality than a Rosenborg side that is still trying to get Bendtner to prove to everyone that he actually is a footballer. Brendan Rodgers has also said his side are better on the road than at home and I can see Celtic actually winning the match but I will play safe and cover the draw.
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