JOE COLE has given Celtic Fans some advice and warned the bhoys to bring binoculars ahead of their blockbuster tie with Valencia in February.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool man has played at the Mastella and has declared it as one of the most intimidating atmospheres in European football and the club is a ‘sleeping giant’.

Cole almost signed for the Spaniards during his career and thinks Celtic fans are in for a treat.

“The Celtic fans and the players are in for a treat,” Cole told the Herald. “It’s a wonderful stadium with a really good atmosphere. We had some good success there at Chelsea and had some good wins against really good Valencia teams when they had the likes of David Silva and David Villa playing for them.

“The fans should take their binoculars! It is one of those stadiums that just seems to go up and up and up. I know there has been a bit of redevelopment there, but I am sure it is every bit as spectacular.

“Valencia is up there with any stadium and atmosphere I played in during my career. Valencia is a great, well-supported club. It is a sleeping giant of Spanish football”

Celtic were paired with the La Liga side on Monday afternoon after coming second in a very difficult Europa League group.

Valencia join the competition at this stage after parachuting down from the Champions League. The Spanish side came third in a group which consisted of Manchester Utd, Juventus and Young Boys.

Thousands of Celtic fans have already booked up for their February trip to Spain and it promises to be a memorable tie.

Hopefully the club take the January transfer window seriously to give the Bhoys a good chance of competing in the tournament.


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