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Eric Black says Nicklas Bendtner will be a handful for Celtic

Celtic progressed to the group stage of the Champions League last season, and the Glasgow giants are aiming to do the same in 2017-18.

The Scottish Premiership giants got the better of NIFL Premiership club Linfield 6-0 on aggregate in the Champions League qualifying second round.

The Hoops won the first leg 2-0 away from home and eased past David Healy’s side 4-0 at Celtic Park in the second leg.

Celtic will now face Norwegian club Rosenborg BK in the Champions League qualifying third round.

The first leg of the tie will be held at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Wednesday evening, with the second leg taking place in Norway next month.

It is not going to be easy for Celtic, who need to be on top of their game in order to get the better of the Eliteserien outfit.

Southampton senior first-team coach Eric Black has warned Brendan Rodgers’s side of the threat posed by Rosenborg striker Nicklas Bendtner.

Black worked with the 29-year-old Dane at Birmingham City back in 2006-07 when the striker was on loan from Arsenal.

The former Celtic assistant manager told The Daily Record: “Believe me, he will still be a handful for Celtic – if he fancies it and he’s up for a game in front of 60,000 at Celtic Park. I’d like to think he would be.”

Vidar Riseth, who played for Celtic from 1998 to 2000, has also underlined the threat posed by Bendtner to the Hoops.

“Bendtner hasn’t been so good so far but I see signs that he is starting to settle in,” the former Rosenborg man told The Scottish Sun.

“He will be a key player in these two games against Celtic. Bendtner was at Arsenal for nine years and he played at Wolfsburg and with the Denmark national team.

“These are the games Rosenborg signed him for. He knows what it takes to handle these occasions and he will really relish the experience of Celtic Park. I believe Bendtner just needs time and I think we will see the best of him against Celtic.”

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