DANNY McGRAIN is tipping on-fire striker Leigh Griffiths to be Celtic’s key man against Ajax on Thursday.
McGrain knows what it takes to defy the odds in the Dutch capital, having been part of the Celtic team that beat Ajax 2-1 to knock them out of the European Cup 4-3 on aggregate in 1982.
He recalled: “That was memorable because Johan Cruyff was playing and he was one of the footballers I admired the most.
“It was a pleasure to come up against him. To beat them over there was a great result. Cruyff had promised me his shirt at the end, but I didn’t get it!”
Cruyff wasn’t the only opponent McGrain will never forget.
He said: “Billy McNeill was confident we could beat Ajax away, but I was dreading coming up against Jesper Olsen again.
“He gave me a roasting in the first leg which ended 2-2. We had scouts who would watch our European opponents, but nobody told me about Olsen.
“He and Soren Lerby gave me the biggest chasing I ever had.”