STEPHEN McMANUS is delighted Brendan Rodgers is bringing back the European glory nights to Parkhead.

The former Celtic skipper, now a coach at Motherwell, played his part in a few epic occasions under the lights in the east end of Glasgow.

McManus, who turned 35 yesterday, hopes his old club are celebrating tonight after their Champions League group kick-off against Paris Saint-Germain – just as he was after a similar encounter in October, 2007.

The central defender scored the opening goal in a 2-1 triumph over holders AC Milan who consisted of superstars such as Kaka, Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo and Filippo Inzaghi.

A strike in the fading moments from Scott McDonald following Kaka’s penalty-kick equaliser made it an unforgettable night at Parkhead. 

McManus insisted: “Anything is possible. Of course, it is a difficult task, but Celtic are in there, they have done the country proud.

“It is difficult for Scottish clubs. Look at Aberdeen, St.Johnstone and Rangers all going out in the early rounds.

“But Celtic have been terrific and are flying the flag. The players will be going into every Champions League game knowing and believing they can win. At home, especially.

“Whoever it is, PSG, Bayern Munich, Anderlecht, they will be looking to win at home.

“Under Brendan Rodgers, they are back to where they were when Martin O’Neill, Gordon Strachan and Neil Lennon were in charge. 

“They are a very, very strong side just now and there is no reason for them to fear anybody in the Champions League.”


CQN went behind the scenes with BT Sport at Hamilton on Friday evening and this is all covered in the new CQN Podcast which is out today and includes an interview with Chris Sutton…


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