Bain expects battle in Cluj

Celtic keeper Scott Bain now has the incentive to nail down the number one spot for club and country, according to Hoops interim boss Neil Lennon.

Celtic keeper Scott Bain believes the Scottish champions will have to be on top form to get a result at CFR Cluj on Wednesday.

The Bhoys overcame Kalju 7-0 on aggregate in the previous round of Champions League qualifiers but Bain feels Cluj are a step up in class.

The Romanian champions have a strong record at home and are unbeaten in their last seven competitive fixtures at their home stadium.

Bain is confident Celtic can progress as they battle for a place in the Champions League group stages but he won’t underestimate Cluj going into Wednesday’s clash.

“It’s going to be a really difficult game. They like to work hard and put balls into the box,” he told the club website. “We’ll need to strong defensively, and every man on the pitch will need to work hard on the night.

“I think any away game in Europe is a tough one. It’ll be a tough tonight, but we need to go full of confidence from the result we had at the weekend. We come in with a game-plan and hopefully we can stick to that and win.

“For us it’s a case of – if we want to make the Champions League, we need to get through these sorts of ties. We know it’ll be a challenge, but we’re in good shape.”

Celtic have a few injury concerns as Kieran Tierney, Tom Rogic and Daniel Arzani are all absent but summer arrival Hatem Abd Elhamed is available after recovering from a dead leg.

The winner of the tie will take on Slavia Prague in the Champions League play-off round, while the loser will enter the Europa League play-off stage and face either Moldovan outfit Sheriff Tiraspol or Sweden’s AIK.