Steve McManaman believes that Celtic could win away to Real Madrid in the Bernabeu Stadium.
With each passing season the clamour to play in the Spanish capital has grown stronger with today’s Champions League draw producing the pairing that supporters have waited patiently for.
McManaman won the Champions League with Real in 2000 and 2002 but in 1997 he took part in one of the epic Celtic Park nights when Liverpool drew 2-2 with Wim Jansen’s side in the UEFA Cup.
Today’s group stage draw provides the right balance of glamour in the shape of Real alongside two teams that Celtic can hope to take points from if they hit top form.
Picking up on his appearance on BT Sport, The Sun (19.35) reports McManaman saying:
From a Celtic point of view, I think they’ve got a great chance. It’s great that they are going to play Shakhtar and Leipzig, but then Madrid.
Depending on when you are going to face Madrid, you might get them in the last game of the group where they have already qualified like they did last year, you never know. But it’s a wonderful competition for them. They might do a Sheriff and win (at the Bernabeu). It could easily happen.
Last season, in Matchday 2, Moldovan champions Sheriff won 2-1 away to Real. There is no indication yet from UEFA over when they will announce the fixtures which will be played between September 6 and November 2.