ASTANA defender Igor Shitov insists Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths should be banned for tomorrow night’s Champions League qualifier at Parkhead.

He claims the Hoops frontman punched him and should have been red-carded before netting last week’s equaliser in the 1-1 first leg draw in Kazakhstan.

Italian referee Paolo Mazzoleni booked Griffiths following the incident with Shitov and the prolific marksman slammed in the leveller two minutes later.

The Kazakhstan champions even launched a desperate bid to UEFA to have Griffiths banned for the return leg when they downloaded pictures of the incident on to social media site Twitter.

Shitov said: “Griffiths hit me and what happened should have been a red card. He should be suspended for this match.

“The referee did not see it properly because he only gave a yellow card. I told the referee at the time, but he made his decision.

“He was very lucky to stay on the pitch and we were unlucky because he scored his goal a few minutes later.”

The Bulgarian full-back also admitted the Astana players are convinced they can derail Brendan Rodgers’ side’s £20million Champions League dream and dump them out of the competition in front of a packed Parkhead.

Shitov said: “Of course, we are confident. We played very well in the last game and we now believe we can play the same way in Glasgow.

“Celtic are a good team, but we believe we can win. This is our biggest game, but we have played a lot of games in stadiums like Celtic Park and we will not be intimidated.”

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