Charlie Nicholas says Celtic's Champions League clash with Juventus is 'brilliant' for fans

Nicholas - The ultimate challenge

Nicholas: thrilled with the draw for Celtic

Charlie Nicholas says Celtic's Champions League clash with Juventus will be "magical" for the supporters because of the history between the two sides.

The Sky Sports pundit played in Celtic's home European Cup win over the Italian club in 1981, only to see the scoreline overturned in the second leg in Turin.

And the last time the Hoops visited Juventus in the Champions League in 2001 they were denied a draw by a controversial late Nicola Amoruso penalty.

And Nicholas expects more memorable moments when the two teams clash in a two-legged last-16 tie next year.

"It's Hollywood, it's brilliant," he said.

"It takes me back to my early days in the 1980s when we beat Liam Brady's Juventus when they had Antonio Cabrini. I was man-marked by Claudio Gentile that night and they were an outstanding team.

"They beat us in Italy, but we won in Glasgow, so they are great memories for Celtic fans.

"Celtic have beaten them at home before and lost controversially - a dodgy penalty - but in the first game at home, Celtic will test them.

Nicholas - A 'Hollywood' draw

"I think it's Hollywood, I think it's a magical draw for Celtic."

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has already guided his troops to a shock victory over Barcelona in the Champions League this season and has beaten the odds to reach this stage of the competition.

He told Sky Sports that the draw is a "beauty" for the club and Nicholas said the tie is a worthy reward for the players' efforts this term.

He said: "Looking at Neil Lennon amid the darkness of Glasgow he's sitting they're thinking: 'Cor, what's just happened to me?'

"It's his first ever season in this tournament, he's made it to the last 16 and he's got one of the names of all names coming to Glasgow.

"It doesn't get better. First they got Barcelona in the draw with Messi and Iniesta and Xavi coming and then all of a sudden you've got a Juventus-on-the-up coming to Glasgow.

"It's the ultimate challenge. With Rangers, you often judge each other in the Scottish context, but forget that, that will take care of itself. This is where you want your reputation."

Hopes

Nicholas says Celtic's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals will rest on their performance in the home leg of the two-legged clash.

"It all depends on the home game. I would say they are obviously underdogs, but I think Celtic could get a result of some kind against Juventus."

Charlie Nicholas

He believes they will need something to hold on to when they visit the current Italian table-toppers for the return clash in the new Juventus Stadium, which was only opened at the start of last season.

He added: "Juve have very pleasantly gone into a situation where they're in control of Serie A, although not by many points.

"They're going perfectly in the right way, but the thing with Juventus that's turned me around is the new stadium they have.

"They [the fans] never used to go to the old stadium for Champions League nights, but they're all suddenly packed in a little bit more and they've got the atmosphere going and the belief going. They'll be concerned, but Celtic will be looking forward to the atmosphere.

"It all depends on the home game. I would say they are obviously underdogs, but I think Celtic could get a result of some kind against Juventus and then see where it takes them in Turin.

"I expect Celtic to take them close, in the first game certainly."