Brown Relishing Champions League Test

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Celtic midfielder Scott Brown admits his side are relishing the chance to advance once again in the Champions League as they prepare to take on AEK Athens on Wednesday night.

The Hoops will have home advantage for the first leg and they have already beaten Armeinean outfit Alashkert and Norway’s Rosenberg.

Celtic have to go through four qualifying ties this year to reach the group stages of the competition but Brown admits the players are more than ready for the challenge.

The 33-year-old insists he wants the fans to enjoy more special European nights in the coming months and he insists the players are aware of what is at stake.

He told Sky Sports: “It doesn’t matter who we get in this stage. To get through an extra round would be special for us.

“It’s great for our fans as well. They want to be in the Champions League. They want trips away and see us playing against quality teams.

“They’re going to get that chance going to Athens, seeing us play against a quality team. Champions League nights are special occasions.

Whether it’s the qualifier or if you get into the groups. “We want to make it as special as possible and make Celtic Park a fortress as we have done over the last couple of years.”

Celtic to win 2-0 was 11/2 with Dafabet but that has now been boosted to 8.00 ahead of the big game. Striker Odsonne Edouard is also in fine form and he is priced at 10.00 to score two or more this week.

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