Bendtner relishing Rosenborg rematch with Celtic

Nicklas Bendtner has promised that his Rosenborg teammates will be out for revenge when Celtic face the Norwegian champions next week in the Champions League second qualifying round.

Fresh from his late penalty against Valur that sealed his side’s place against Celtic, Bendtner began to bang the drum ahead of the tie.

“We would rather be playing Celtic, instead of a Europa League trip to Andorra which we would have got had we not scored the third goal.

“It will be interesting. We met them last year. We have to prepare for next week and then see what’s going on. We have not looked at them yet.

“I think it will be a different match than last year. To be honest, we know how they play.

“And we know they are a massive club who are extremely consistent in getting to the Group Stage.

“We will have to prepare ourselves well and look for a different outcome.

“For me scoring that late penalty, I knew what was at stake. Both sides were nervous in stages.

“They said our penalty was fortunate, but we have been cheated many times in our league by bad decisions, so I think we deserve some fortune.”

Celtic overcame Alashkert 6-0 on aggregate to create a rematch of the third round tie last season.

Meanwhile, the Danish striker’s manager, Kare Ingebrigtsen, has said that he doesn’t expect Celtic to be too different to the side that defeated the Norwegians last season 1-0 on aggregate.

“I don’t think Celtic have radically changed the way the play or the players they have so we are not going into the unknown when we play them.

“We know it’s extremely difficult to beat a team like Celtic, but we have the opportunity at least.

“We think we can do it. Last year was a massive disappointment to go out like that to Celtic. Hopefully, it will turn out better now.”

Celtic face Rosenborg on Wednesday at Celtic Park before the return leg in Norway 6 days later.

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