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‘CONFIDENCE COMING BACK,’ LUSTIG

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MIKAEL LUSTIG has hailed Celtic’s big-game performers after Sunday’s 3-0 Betfred League Cup semi-final triumph over Hearts.

The champions won their fifth successive domestic game and boosted their goals tally to 13 in three outings on the bounce following the 6-0 victory over St Johnstone and the 4-2 success against Hibs.

The Hoops will now play in their fifth Cup Final in a row when they take on Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday, December 2.

Swedish international right-back Lustig, who led the team in the absence of the injured Scott Brown against Craig Levein’s outfit, said: “We feel really comfortable when we come to play at Hampden and now Murrayfield in semi-finals and Finals.

“We know we are always going to put on a great show.

“I said before that we know our fans are going to turn up, and they did once again. And it was a pitch we could play good football on – and we did that in the second-half.
“Hearts have always got a game plan to be really narrow and if you can win the duels in the middle then you know there is going to be plenty of space. In the second-half we did that.

“The confidence is starting to come back, the way we want to play football, the last few domestic games we have scored a lot of goals and got a clean sheet, as well.

“Football is a lot about confidence. When you don’t have confidence, you may struggle a little bit. But after the game against St Johnstone we are finally starting to score goals and put pressure on opponents.”

 
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