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The National (Scotland)
The National (Scotland)
Aidan Macdonald

Carragher predicts Celtic Champions League end result amid Atletico Madrid warning

Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher has opened up on Celtic's "tough" night against Atletico Madrid.

The Scottish champions lost 6-0 to Diego Simeone's side as the Parkhead continued after doubles from Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata as well as strikes from Samuel Lino and Saul Niguez.

And Carragher feels the red card for Daizen Maeda was a game changer.

He told CBS Sports: "Let’s not forget Celtic were down to ten, so it was always going to be a tough night for them,” said Carragher.

“It was about Celtic trying to keep the score down, they just couldn’t. The problem they (Atletico Madrid) had is they dropped points against Celtic (in the 2-2 draw), nobody had dropped points against Celtic up until now. 

"They played them twice, so it was vital that they got four points out of the six against Celtic.

"Now, they better hope that Celtic can maybe take points off someone else in the last couple of games and they do their own job as well (to progress).”

Meanwhile, Jota could finally be set for a second chance at Al-Ittihad following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo.

The former Celtic ace moved from Glasgow to Saudi Arabia in June this year. He joined the Pro League champions for a fee of around £25m and gladly accepted the chance to earn life-changing money.

However, the Portuguese winger's switch to the Middle East has not played out the way he would've envisaged after helping the Hoops to the treble last term.

He was left out of the club's domestic squad, with rules permitting only eight foreign players per club. Al-Ittihad had too many within their ranks, so Jota was left on the sidelines. He cannot feature in any Pro League matches until January at the earliest when squad lists can be reviewed.

It was reported at the time of his slide out of the side that he would seek a loan move away from the club or even a mutual termination of his contract.

However, with ex-Tottenham boss Espirito Santo now away from Al-Ittihad, Jota's future could still lie there if he can make an impression on the new manager.

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