ANDREI KANCHELSKIS insists Celtic will not be able to surprise Zenit St Petersburg in the second leg of their Europa League tie in Russia on Thursday.

The former Russian international winger, who played for Manchester United, Everton, Fiorentina and Rangers, also claimed Brendan Rodgers’ team – 1-0 up from the first game – can only play “simple” football.

Kanchelskis said: “Celtic are in the middle of their season and we saw that.

“Zenit had a two-month break. That much was very obvious in the first leg.

“For the second leg, Celtic will play the same way they did in the first – they can only play simple football.

“That means nothing they can do will be a surprise to Zenit.

“I don’t think they will go defensive, either.”

Kanchelskis, 49, also accused Zenit players of arguing with each and taking their eye off the ball in Glasgow.

He claimed: “There is a bad atmosphere around the team. When you put a load of Argentines in with Russians, this is what happens.

“I think there are big problems at Zenit. Everyone knows about the bad atmosphere around the team.

“The issue is not about the actual club itself, but when there is not a good atmosphere among team-mates, then problems start.

“If the players are fighting in the dressing room, then what kind of atmosphere will that produce on the pitch?”


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