Scott Sinclair targets Champions League progress


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Scott Sinclair believes Celtic can reach the last 16 of this season’s Champions League ahead of their potentially pivotal double-header against Bayern Munich later this month.

The Bhoys bounced back from a 5-0 home defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in their opening match of the group stage by securing a 3-0 success at Anderlecht last time out.

That result leaves Brendan Rodgers’ side level with Bayern in second position in the group, with the two sides set to meet at the Allianz Arena next time out before the return fixture in Glasgow at the end of the month.

Englishman Sinclair, who netted during the victory over Anderlecht, is confident Celtic can gain a positive result against their German counterparts and he insists their main objective is to qualify for the knockout stage of Europe’s premier club competition.

“With our quality we have to go with the aim of getting through the group,” the 28-year-old said. “We give that a go and if we fall short then we go into the Europa.

The main focus is still the Champions League – we’ll try and progress and see where it takes us.” Celtic have not reached the Champions League knockout stage since 2013, but Sinclair believes the squad has already shown they have the quality and nerve to progress, as they overcame three qualifying ties to reach this season’s group stage.

He added: “We’ve gone through the qualifiers and worked hard to get where we’re going and we have to stick together and make sure we do as well as we can.”

Celtic are priced at 23.00 to secure a victory over Bayern in Germany next Wednesday, while the Bavarians are available at 1.08 and the draw is on offer at 10.00.

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