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‘BELIEVE CELTIC, BELIEVE!’ KING OF KINGS

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HENRIK LARSSON has told Celtic they must believe as they prepare for their Champions League confrontations.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have been drawn against Barcelona – one of the Hoops legend’s former sides – Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.

It’s one of the toughest groups in the competition, but Larsson insisted the Parkhead outfit must go forward with confidence if they are to have any chance of reaching the last 16.unspecified-11

The Swede said: “Once you are there, you want to win every game. If you get into the Champions League, then what you need is belief. You need to believe in the manager and believe in your team-mates.

“If you have that, then anything is possible. If you do not have that, then you are as well not being there at all.

“You want to go out and show that you can upset the so-called bigger teams.

“If you are good enough to be in the Champions League then you are good enough to go and do something in the competition.

“Of course, there is a lot at stake. However, if you are a football player then it is not a question of nerves.

“It is not a question of finding it difficult or feeling the pressure. It is about what you want to achieve for your club and what you want to achieve for yourself and your career.

“This is the Champions League; it is the biggest tournament you can play in. You can only eclipse that by playing in a World Cup or one of the European finals.

“There is pressure, but there is always pressure as a football player and that is something you have to handle very quickly.

“These are important games for the club. It is where you can make your reputation as a player.

“The nights at Celtic Park in the Champions League are special. There is something about the crowd and the atmosphere and also something that could bring out the best in Celtic at times.

“We had some fabulous nights against some of the very best teams in Europe – and why can they not do that again?

“You have to enjoy that as a player. You have to want that.”

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