Updates from key Champions League clash in Belgium

Posted October 01, 2017

Scottish champions Celtic enjoyed a rare away victory in their 3-0 win over an uninspiring Anderlecht in their Champions League clash in Brussels on Wednesday, staking their claim on third spot in Group B.

The national team captain was replaced by Nir Bitton in the 70th minute at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium with the Scottish champions leading through a Leigh Griffiths goal and a deflected strike by Patrick Roberts.

It was the only change that the Bhoys boss chose to make for the big Champions League group stage clash in Brussels, but fans made it clear that the Northern Irishman made a huge mistake for bringing the Frenchman in and tore into him for his display on Twitter.

In the meantime, the Celtic squad have been adjusting to what is, for them, the novelty of a comprehensive success on the road in the Champions League group stage.

"We can be better than we were tonight but the players deserve a huge amount of credit, on the back of the game at the weekend (the 2-0 win over Rangers), which was a high intensity game".

"We go back to previous year, with our away form we grew in confidence", he said.

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After going down 5-0 in Matchday 1 to Paris Saint-Germain, Celtic responded with a ideal performance away to Belgian side Anderlecht on Wednesday.

But for the time being everyone at Celtic Park should take heart from the fact the victory would have had Europe sitting up to take notice.

Bayern's 3-0 defeat against PSG in last night's other group game sets up an intriguing challenge for Rodgers' men with a double-header against the German champions up next.

"Now we are playing Anderlecht, it is not like we are playing against the likes of Neymar but I come from Belgium, I know how big Anderlecht is".

"I think people recognise this is a good side that is developing well".

They will need to when they face Bayern Munich in a few weeks time.