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No easy Celtic win against Ajax - MacLeod

No easy Celtic win against Ajax - MacLeod

by Jon Rogers

11th October 2013 4:14pm BST

  

Ex-Celtic midfielder and assistant manager Murdo MacLeod has warned the fans not to expect and easy win against Ajax when the two sides meet at Parkhead in the Champions League.

The Hoops are currently bottom of Group H after losing away to AC Milan and at home to Barcelona. If Neil Lennon's side want to progress to the last 16 stage of the competition the Scottish side will have to pick up points against the Dutch team.

However, speaking at Celtic Park where he was helping to launch a book about the former Celtic player from the 1930s, Malcolm McDonald, MacLeod told The Scotsman that the fans should not expect an easy ride.

“People are thinking Ajax will be third best of the three but sometimes when you know the opposition (it is different), Celtic knew Barcelona and they handled them really well.

“Whereas Ajax will be fresh, they will be looking forward to playing here in a fantastic atmosphere, so they will possibly play as well as the other two teams.

“They have always been one of the top European clubs but I think people are looking at them and thinking that they are maybe the weakest one in the group.

“But I think they might surprise a lot of people when they turn up here at Celtic Park, they will still be a good football team.

“They have lost a couple of top players in the window but I still think it will be a tough game.”

 

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