SWEDISH left-back Oscar Wendt admitted he became one of the Bhoys after watching Henrik Larsson performing for Celtic..
Now Mikael Lustig’s international team-mate wants to to make an impact at Parkhead – for Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow night!
Wendt is looking forward to sample the atmosphere of a European night in the east end of Glasgow and said: “It’s electrifying and the players here have all been talking about it.
“Everyone knows how special Celtic Park is to play at and our players are looking forward to it.
“The supporters at Celtic really back their players, so it’s a huge boost for the home team to have 60,000 fans singing.
“We will have to start well because Celtic will come at us early in the game like they did to Manchester City in the last match. But if we can keep the crowd quiet, then it will definitely help us.
“The next two matches will probably decide who gets into the Europa League. There is no shame in saying Barcelona and Manchester City are the two favourites to go through from our group.
“They are massive clubs. Everyone thought from the outset that it would be up to Celtic and ourselves to fight it out for third place.
“And that’s what will be at stake over the two matches we play against each other this month.”
The presence of his fellow-Swede and Hoops icon Larsson at the club from 1997–2004 means Wendt has been an avid follower of the fortunes of the Scottish champions.
He admitted: “Henrik Larsson is only behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic in terms of being a legend in Sweden, so I grew up watching Celtic when he was there.
“Everyone in Sweden followed their results and there is a lot of interest in British football. I have always looked for Celtic’s results, so I was pleased when we drew them because it is another chance to play in Glasgow.
“I also know Mikael Lustig well from being in the Sweden squad with him and he’s a friend. He has been at Celtic for a long time now and is a very good player, so I’m looking forward to seeing him.
“All Mikael has told me about Celtic is they are enjoying working under new manager Brendan Rodgers.”
Meanwhile former Celtic skipper Andy Lynch’s autobiography is out this Thursday and there’s still time to take advantage of the great launch offer.
Just order Hoops, Stars and Stripes from CQN Bookstore (HERE) and you will automatically receive a signed copy plus a free copy (also signed) of Quality Street Gang by Paul Dykes. So both books cost just £14.99 plus p&p for the next few days.