Celtic were firm favourites to beat Norwegian outfit Rosenborg at Parkhead in their Champions League qualifier first-leg last week, however they were held to a dismal goal-less draw. In all honesty this wasn't unexpected given that the home side didn't do nearly enough to warrant victory and whilst manager Brendan Rodgers appears happy enough with the result, the fact is that should Celtic fail to 'up their game' in Norway tonight, then it will be game-over as far as their Champions League ambitions are concerned.
The Hoops have a pretty dismal away record in European competition but they have shown signs of improvement under Rodgers and following their shock 1-0 defeat at Lincoln Red Imps last season, they managed a 1-1 draw with Astana and defeated Northern Irish champions Linfield 2-0 at Windsor Park this season. They did suffer a 2-0 defeat to Hapoel Be'er Sheva but that followed an emphatic 5-2 win in the home leg and this certainly changed the dynamic of that particular tie.
Rosenborg possess a pretty good home record with victories over the likes of Norrkoping and Cypriot side APOEL last season, however they struggled against Irish outfit Dundalk earlier in the current campaign and whilst they defended stubbornly at Celtic Park, they clearly lacked that killer instinct and cutting edge. Indeed the Hoops will be confident of not conceding in Norway tonight and as such they remain in a strong position to progress in the competition
A huge boost for the visitors will be the return of Leigh Griffiths following his suspension in the first leg, this certain to give the Hoops more of a goal threat than they had last week when they looked somewhat disjointed in that area.
Indeed we're not expecting a pretty match to watch tonight but Celtic should have enough about them to find a way past the Norwegian side in Trondheim. Let's not forget that the Hoops held Manchester City and Monchengladbach to draws away from home, these results proof enough that the Scottish champions can respond when the pressure is on. A repeat of these 1-1 scoreline would be enough tonight and covering this outcome as well as a 1-0 win for the Hoops at odds of 11/2 with William Hill and 8/1 with Winner respectively looks to us the best way to back Brendan Rodgers' men to qualify.