Celtic skipper Scott Brown will make history tomorrow night if, as expected, he leads the Parkhead side into their final UEFA Champions League group game this season.

The Hoops face Anderlecht at Celtic Park and Brown will mark the occasion with his 69th appearance in the competition – giving him the prestigious accolade of the Scot with the most performances in Europe’s elite tournament.

Brown currently shares the same tally with former Celtic and Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish but he can eclipse it against the Belgians.

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The only other Scot to have featured more than 60 times in the Champions League is Darren Fletcher who played 66 times with Manchester United.

And, Brown, was not the only who will hit a particular milestone this week.

On-loan PSG striker Odsonne Edouard netted a hat-trick on Saturday afternoon in the emphatic 5-1 win over Motherwell, making him the first Celtic teenager to net a league treble since Brian McClair.

The former Celtic and Manchester United forward bagged a hat-trick against Dundee at Dens Park in a 6-2 win back in September 1983 – the last teen to do so before 19-year-old Edouard this weekend.

For now, though, Celtic’s focus is on a different kind of history as they seek to secure European football beyond the Christmas festivities.

And defender Jozo Simunovic is confident that Brendan Rodgers’ side can maintain their focus to claim that third spot in the group.

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Having beat Anderlecht 3-0 in Brussels back in October, Celtic need to ensure they do not lose the game by a greater margin in order to parachute into the Europa League.

“We know what we have to do and we feel good about it,” said the defender. “We have the backing of the crowd and we feel confident going into the game.”

Simunovic picked up an injury in that win over Anderlecht and missed nearly two months of the season following it. However he has maintained that there are no issues with his fitness or his knee as he looks to maintain his place in the Hoops defence.

“I think you only have to look at my record last season to see that there is no problem with my fitness,” said the 23-year-old. “I have been back now for a few games and I feel as though I am back up to full match fitness.”

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Celtic lost seven goals in their last Champions League outing to PSG in Paris, but Simunovic believes that the Parkhead side can still take on lessons for what they have learned from those experiences.

“It is difficult in games like that, of course it is, but it is only by playing against the best that you improve as a player. PSG and Bayern Munich are among the very best in the tournament and it was a difficult experiences.

“But as players and as a team we have learned a lot from that. It is never easy at this level.

“But we feel good about the game against Anderlecht and hopefully we can give ourselves more European football with the right result.”