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‘GREEKS WON’T ENJOY PARADISE,’ AJER

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KRISTOFFER AJER and his Celtic team-mates have been warned they face a trip to hell against AEK Athens in the Olympic Stadium a week tonight.

But the Norwegian central defender reckons the Greeks certainly won’t enjoy performing in Paradise in tomorrow’s opening tie of the Champions League third round qualifier.

Brendan Rodgers’ men have scored six goals against Alashkert (3-0) and Rosenborg (3-1) in their previous two outings in the east end of Glasgow.

And the seven-in-a-row champions want to build a substantial advantage before the return in Athens.

Ajer said: “We’re playing at home and, of course, you always want to get a good result. When you are used to playing at Celtic Park you are used to having a fantastic atmosphere, so that’s a positive thing.

At Celtic, you always want to be in the Champions League. That’s what we aim for and train for over pre-season., but we know it’ll be tough every year.

“We played Rosenborg and Alashkert and now we play a great team in AEK. It’s tough, but that’s what you expect as it’s the Champions League, with the best teams in the world.

“Tomorrow night’s game will be extremely hard. They are fantastic team who won their league, so it’ll be difficult.”

Ajer added: “You train every day to have expectation on your shoulders. So, to perform and keep a clean sheet away in Norway last week was a fantastic feeling.

“Every single game when you play for Celtic, there’s an expectation on you to win.

“It’s a really healthy environment here at Celtic. With a big game coming up every third day, you have to be ready for that and that really develops you.

“You don’t have the opportunity to rest and think about the last game. You always have to look forward.”

 
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