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Monday Round-Up: Onward To Belgium

Neil Lennon Bobo Balde
Neil Lennon and Bobo Balde celebrate Celtic’s win over Porto on this day in 2001

THE BIG STORY: After the enjoyment of defeating Rangers at the weekend, attention now turns to Wednesday night’s vital Champions League Group B game with Anderlecht, in a game which already looks to have huge implications on third place and potential European football after Christmas...but back to Saturday’s win for a moment, and goalscorer on the day Tom Rogic has been praising captain Scott Brown for a man of the match performance. Both Brown and Rogic will be important players in Belgium this week, if they dominate Anderlecht like they dominated Rangers then we should get three points. It’s a big ‘if’ though.

Meanwhile, Chris ‘must have outlandish opinions on everything’ Sutton criticised Leigh Griffiths’ amusing celebrations on Saturday, with Sutton saying that he should ‘grow up’. I would suggest that Chris ‘lightens up’.

Back to Anderlecht, and we’ll be beginning our preview of the game later today with a look back at Celtic’s two encounters with the Belgian Champions back in 2003, so keep an eye out for that.

OTHER NEWS: The latest episode of @GIGPOD has been released, and shockingly enough the main two topics of the conversation are the Rangers and Anderlecht games. You can listen to the episode here.

Neil Lennon has admitted that taking his Hibs team to Celtic Park on Saturday will be both ‘emotional’ and ‘surreal’.

ON THIS DAY: In 2001, Celtic clinched our first ever Champions League Group Stage victory with a 1-0 win over Porto at Celtic Park. Henrik Larsson scored the game’s only goal with a typical strike.

In 1999, a brace from Mark Viduka gave Celtic a 2-0 win over Hibs at Easter Road. A rare good result during the John Barnes ‘era’.