Gary Caldwell believes Celtic have the attacking weapons to hurt Dinamo Moscow when the two sides meet in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.
Defender Caldwell, who will captain Tony Mowbray’s men in Russia, was left bitterly disappointed when Celtic lost the first leg 1-0 but saw enough to convince him that the Hoops can score in Moscow.
One goal for Mowbray’s men would blow the tie wide open and Caldwell has urged his team-mates to be ruthless in defence and attack as they chase a famous victory.
He said: “I believe we can score twice. We could have scored three or four in the first leg. It’s something we must address, as well as making sure we don’t get caught on the break.
“There’s no point scoring two if we lose a couple. We must get the balance right and be disciplined, not throw too many men forward early on but still create chances. I’m sure we have enough in our team to hurt them and go through”
Scott Brown, who played 60 minutes of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Sunderland, is in contention to face Moscow and Caldwell believes his manager will make the right decision on whether to include the influential midfielder.
He said: “Scott’s been out with a serious injury and it will take him time to get back where he wants to be. I’m sure he won't be rushed back. He needs to be right when he does return because we need him at his best.”
With Wednesday’s game taking priority, Mowbray rested a host of key men against Sunderland and Caldwell admits the players won’t be affected by Saturday’s result.
He said: “It’s hard to gauge value from it. We said after beating Spurs you shouldn’t read much into pre-season and this was similar, although we weren’t as good as we wanted to be in certain situations.”