SAIDY JANKO hopes to banish the nightmare memory of last season’s Champions League flop against Malmo if he plays against Astana in Kazakhstan tomorrow.
The Swiss Under-21 international right-back had only been at the club a month after signing from Manchester United when Ronny Deila pitched him in against the Swedes in the second leg.
However, Janko and Co could not prevent Malmo from overturning the 3-2 reverse in Glasgow as the defence failed lamentably to deal with two identical corner-kicks that saw them crash out 4-3 on aggregate.
The 20-year-old powerhouse said: “Last year was sore. Very sore. We did very well against Malmo at home and we should have won by even more – or, at least, not conceded.
“At Malmo, we knew it was going to be difficult because they had a massive crowd, an amazing crowd, and they were a different team.
“They had better spirit. But we should have done it in the first leg. This year, I think the mentality is different.
“We’re working really hard in pre-season training and I think we’re going to be alright for the game. Of course, the new manager brings in freshness and gives us a lift, as well, so everyone is motivated.
“We are all in it together and we want to do really well and get into the Champions League this season at any cost.”
Janko may be handed a key role against the Kazakhstan champions. With defensive options causing Brendan Rodgers problems, Mikael Lustig could be asked to play in a central role with Janko coming in at right-back.
The youngster insisted: “I think the manager knows what to do and how to rotate things, so it’s going to be alright.
“Obviously, it would be great for me to play. That’s what I’m here for, to play. But the manager has to see which team is the best for each game and I respect that.”
Once Upon a Time in the Kingdom of Govania is the hilarious new book from CQN laughing at the demise of Rangers and the pretendy new tribute act playing in the big boys league for the first time this season.
UEFA have confirmed in writing that they are a new club and CQN has been inundated by ZERO journalist’s enquiries from the Scottish MSM asking for sight of this definitive and conclusive letter. Not that we’re bothered.
While waiting on what’s coming next why not enjoy the laugh at both Govania clubs – the dead one and the one with five stars on their shirts – one for every year come the end of the season.