Scottish giants Celtic host French heavyweights PSG on Tuesday night in group B’s Champions League opener, and while many believe the Parc des Prince outfit have the upper hand due to their quality, Parkhead remains a ground that can spark few surprises and upset.
Barcelona in their prime back in 2012 left Celtic’s home ground with zero point, as goals from Wanyama Victor and Watt Tony condemned the Catalans to a defeat, with a late Messi strike only helping to halve the deficit.
PSG right-back and Belgium international Thomas Meunier believes the Hoops are still very much capable of upsetting the European big boys at home, claiming maximum focus from his team would be required if that is to be prevented.
The fullback told the Daily Record: “I also know a bit about Celtic because my friend Dedryck Boyata is at Celtic.
“They are the kind of team that everyone knows about – they are like Manchester United, Bayern Munich.
“They are a mythical team. I always check their results. We know they have a good manager and side.
“I know they are really strong at home and have surprised big teams there before, for example, when they beat Barcelona a few years ago. So we know we will have to be focused.”
PSG loanee Odsonne Edouard would be keen to prove his worth to his parent club during the course of the game, and having scored and assisted during his debut in the 4-1 victory over Hamilton at the weekend, the French youngster can’t be belittled.
Meunier is aware of the goalscoring threat Edouard poses, saying of him: “We know Odsonne very well – he’s difficult to stop.
“He’s a really good young player. If he can keep his place in the Celtic team he will learn the game and become a really good striker.”