CLUJ manager Dan Petrescu has tipped Celtic to go on and win the Europa League ahead of the meeting between the sides in Romania this evening.

Petrescu's team has already faced Celtic three times this season, with a draw, a win and a defeat to their name, knocking the Scottish champions out of the Champions League qualifiers in the process.

Celtic have run away with Group E in the Europa League though, having already secured top spot in the section, and Petrescu has been hugely impressed by what he has seen from Neil Lennon's men.

"In my opinion they can go all the way and win," Petrescu said. "I think Lazio, too - they are good enough to win this competition. They are Champions League teams."

Celtic will rest several key men in the match tonight at the Constantin Radulescu Stadium, but that fact hasn't changed Petrescu's mind over who are the favourites to win the game.

Cluj need just a point to progress, but the former Chelsea star says even that will be a tall order, believing Celtic's third string could cruise the Romanian league.

"I won’t change my opinion or regret what I said," he said. "Celtic can bring the third team to the Romanian Championship and they would still win, so they are still the favourites."

"I know the coach, I know the mentality, they will come here to win.

"It’s a unique moment for the coach and players. We don’t want to regret this later on because we maybe won’t get another chance.

"I’m sceptical another chance will appear soon because Romanian clubs have small budgets."

Cluj captain Mario Camora agreed with his manager that regardless of the personnel that Lennon sends out, his team will have to be at their best to get a result.

"Celtic is Celtic," Camora said. "Whichever player comes they will be good. It was the same with Lazio but we saw on the pitch how difficult it was to play against them.

"It won’t be easy, It’s good we play at home but it will be very difficult and we have to be very concentrated if we want to qualify."