ROSENBORG skipper Mike Jensen insists Celtic are favourites to reach the third round of the Champions League qualifiers.

The Hoops take on the Norwegians in the first leg of the second hurdle at Parkhead this evening – and the 30-year-old captain claimed his team only had a “small chance”.

When asked if that meant he considered Brendan Rodgers’ side to be favourites to get through to play AEK Athens, he answered: “I would say that, yes. We played Europa League last year and they played Champions League – and they beat us.

“Celtic is a bigger club and it’s an advantage to them that the first game is here. But we are really looking forward to the game.

“Last year we should have scored a goal. We were happy in how we played, but football is small margins and we needed a little bit more quality and luck and maybe we could have won the first leg.

“You have to work hard for those small margins and we will do that on this occasion.”

Last year, the Norwegians battled to a goalless draw in Glasgow, but a sensational strike from James Forrest fired Rodgers’ men into the next stage.

The Denmark international added: “We are excited. It was a great experience when we were here last year and we are looking forward to the game.”

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