RONNY DEILA has ordered his Celtic players to replicate last season’s display against Inter Milan if they are to have any chance of beating Qarabag, of Azerbaijan.
The Hoops gaffer believes his team couldn’t have been given a more difficult draw in the third round of Champions League qualifiers.
The first leg takes place in Glasgow next Wednesday and then Celtic face a 7000 mile round trip to Baku the following week.
Qarabag may not be a household name, but they also drew with Inter Milan last season in the Europa League group stages as did the Hoops in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Glasgow after being two goals down.
Deila said: “They are a very good team.They beat Twente Enschede in the Europa League qualifiers and did well in the Europa League group as well.
“So, we have to be at the top of our game to progress. It’s a difficult draw, but you can’t think like that.
“We have to take what is coming in front of us. We know we are good enough.
“But we have to be at our best and, at least, we are at home first. That is going to be an important match.
“It’s normal that when you get bigger tasks you step it up. So we need to be at our Inter Milan level to get through.”
Deila hopes the fact Qarabag face a lengthy journey long after a return trip from Montenegro will have a detrimental effect on them.
He said: “Now it’s important to understand it’s going to be hard for them as well.
“They have to go to Scotland the same as we have to go to them. So they also have a difficult journey to come to Glasgow.
“But we have to prepare well and I think we will go there one day before the normal to adapt because it is five hours or something on the plane.”