ANDRE KANCHELSKIS believes the Celtic fans can roar their team towards a Europa League win over Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday.

The former Rangers, Manchester United and Everton winger believes his compatriots will not be the big noises in the crucial first leg of the last-32 encounter.

Kanchelskis experienced the Parkhead atmosphere first hand during four years at Ibrox between 1998 and 2002.

He said: “This is going to be a very interesting battle. I played against Celtic and the atmosphere there is crazy – 60,000 fans who support their team and make an incredible noise.

“The support they give their team really drives Celtic forward. I think it will be a difficult night for Zenit to try and stop Celtic.

“Zenit’s best chance is to get at Celtic on the counter-attack.

“But if Celtic get off to a fast start and score in the first 15 minutes, that will encourage their fans even more.

“It’s a difficult game to call, but if you were to ask me for a prediction, I would say 2-1 to Celtic, which would mean the second leg would be very interesting indeed.”

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