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‘CELTIC COMPLETELY FOCUSED,’ DAVIES

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CELTIC assistant boss Chris Davies insists everyone has a positive attitude ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League tie with Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

The Hoops departed for Israel yesterday looking to defend their 5-2 lead from the first leg at Parkhead last week.

Brendan Rodgers fielded a strong team in the 4-2 victory over St Johnstone in Perth on Saturday to keep momentum going and Davies stressed the club will adopt the same approach which helped them negotiate second-leg ties with Lincoln Red Imps and FC Astana in the previous qualifiers.

Davies said: “There will be no issues of complacency with us. We have been very clear with the message with the players. The players are very focused.

“Against St Johnstone, we had an opportunity where we could possibly have rotated some players, but we didn’t. We chose to keep them in, win the game and keep the winning mentality.

“And from what we have seen from the players led by Scott Brown the captain, who is a real colossal figure for the team, there will be no issues of complacency with us, we know what we have to do.

“It is about being in control defensively but having an attacking threat, which we have shown we have got in all the games.

“The mentality in our approach is that it is half-time, just as we said when we came back from some difficult first legs and took the teams back to Celtic Park.

“That’s what it is – we are 5-2 up, but it is half-time.

“We have to perform with and without the ball, defensively have control, offensively have a threat and, hopefully, we can have a result in the end.

“As I said, we are all very focused, the club deserves it, the fans deserve it, the players deserve it.

“Everybody has been working very hard and we have a big job to go away and get the result that we all so desperately want.”

 
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