BARCELONA boss Luis Enrique believes Celtic will qualify for the Champions League.
Brendan Rodgers’ team went down 3-1 to the Spanish aces at the Aviva Stadium yesterday, a fixture sandwiched between the two legs of the qualifying tie against Astana.
The Hoops battled to a 1-1 draw in Kazakhstan last week and Enrique saw enough in the Parkhead side’s display to suggest they will not only get through Wednesday’s return in Glasgow, but also reach the money-spinning group stages of the competition.
He said: “The sensation of the Celtic team is good and they now have the second game in the Champions League.
“They have to adapt the players to the new coach and I hope that they do that.
“I expect that they will go through. It’s great to have a crowd and supporters like that in the Champions League.”
The Barca gaffer reserved special praise for on-loan winger Patrick Roberts, who sparkled during his 45 minutes on display before being withdrawn at the interval with Wednesday’s game obviously on his manager’s mind.
Enrique added: “Patrick Roberts is a great player and he has a great future in the game. He has great quality and I expect he will be important for Celtic.”
Hoops marksman Leigh Griffiths said: “It’s not a bad goal to put on the CV, but the squad is disappointed. We shouldn’t be giving goals away like that at this kind of level.
“We didn’t concede in the second-half, but we should have been tighter at the back in the first 45 minutes and, barring one or two errors, we could maybe have had a draw.
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