Dedryck Boyata believes Celtic have “nothing to lose” ahead of their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich at Parkhead on Tuesday.
The Bhoys head into the match third in Group B and a victory over second-placed Bayern would see them draw level with the reigning Bundesliga champions in the standings.
That would appear to be a tall order for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they were comfortably beaten 3-0 when the two teams met in Bavaria earlier this month, but Belgium international Boyata believes the lack of expectancy surrounding his side could now work in their favour.
“We have to try to play our game and not be afraid because, let’s be honest, we have nothing to lose and we have everything to show,” Boyata said.
The former Manchester City defender knows Celtic will face a tough test but believes it is also a great chance for the Glasgow giants to show they belong at Europe’s top table.
“We are playing against one of the biggest teams in Europe, against players who have played in the World Cup final,” the 26-year-old added.
“It is a big opportunity to show what we can do against them.”
Celtic, who were beaten 5-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in their last European home game, are priced at 8.00 to gain a victory on Tuesday while Bayern are available at 1.36 and the draw is on offer at 5.25.