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Gordon has faith Celtic can cause an almighty upset

By Ronnie Esplin

Published 03/11/2016

On the up: Craig Gordon embraces goalscorer Moussa Dembele
On the up: Craig Gordon embraces goalscorer Moussa Dembele

Craig Gordon is confident Celtic can spring a surprise against Barcelona if they reach the standards set in the 1-1 Champions League draw against Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Hoops refused to accept defeat in Borussia-Park on Tuesday night after home captain Lars Stindl, who had opened the scoring in Gladbach's 2-0 win in Glasgow, volleyed in after 32 minutes.

In the 76th minute, French striker Moussa Dembele levelled from the spot after he had been felled in the box by Julian Korb, who was sent off.

Substitute Callum McGregor missed a great chance before the end to snatch the win for the visitors, who face Barca at home and Manchester City away in their final two fixtures.

The Catalans have nine points, City are second with seven and Gladbach are on four, while Celtic remain bottom with two points - they drew 3-3 with City at Parkhead - which leaves qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament or the Europa League still unlikely.

However, Gordon is giving nothing up yet as he prepares to face a Barca team who were beaten 3-1 in Manchester.

The 33-year-old said: "We will concentrate on trying to get the performance up to those levels and if we continue to improve at this level, we still have a chance.

"It is possible. Manchester City won their home tie (against Barcelona) so we have a chance.

"We have performed at the top of our abilities a couple of times and came away with two draws.

"If we can do that again we will give ourselves a chance to come away with all three points."

Before the trip to Germany, Celtic had only won one and drawn one of their past 25 away games in the Champions League.

However, Gordon is confident that record will be improved if standards remain high.

He said: "The record is not great, but if we put in performances like that away from home we will give ourselves chances to get results."

Indeed, like many of the Celtic players and manager Brendan Rodgers, the former Hearts and Sunderland keeper left Borussia-Park feeling as if they could have taken all three points.

Ulsterman Rodgers was especially pleased at the way his side responded after going a goal down against a team who had bossed the match at Celtic Park and Gordon claimed lessons had been learned from that game.

He said: "Their performance in the first game was probably better. Certainly we learned a lot from the first game. We dealt with their threat a lot better.

"Our game plan worked well and everybody was fulfilling their potential and doing everything they could. It wasn't against the run of play but we had the better control of the game when we lost the goal.

"That can happen but we responded very well. We continued to do what we did in the early parts and got our reward.

"I thought we could have won it. I don't think it comes much better than that in terms of performance. We got one point, we could have got three."

Belfast Telegraph

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