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‘MAKE SOME NOISE FROM THE BHOYS,’ GRIFFITHS

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LEIGH GRIFFITHS urged the Celtic fans to get right behind the players to get the Champions League adventure back on track against Lincoln Red Imps at Parkhead tonight.

The Hoops were on the receiving end of a huliating reverse in Gibraltar last week as they flopped 1-0 against the semi-professional outfit.

But Griffiths is convinced the champions will make up for the embarrassment and sweep through to the next qualifying stage.

He said: “You don’t want to go and get beaten away from home, but it happened and we need to move on. This is the perfect situation for us to rectify the result and go through

“We were obviously disappointed. The manager called for calmness after the game. It’s a two-legged tie and we know it’s only half-time and we have a great chance of going through with the full crowd behind us at Celtic Park.

“I have no doubt we will qualify, but we have to be professional and if we get that early goal it will scare the other team and the crowd will get right behind us.

“They will put a lot of men behind the ball and try to hit us on the counter-attack like they did in Gibraltar, but the way the gaffer is going to set up, we are going to attack and there will be a lot of pace in the team. If we can get that early goal it will frighten them.

“Hopefully, the weather calms down a bit and the grass is perfect. We played against Wolfsburg on Saturday and the water on the pitch helped us a lot as we could zip the ball about.

“They are used to playing on astroturf while we are used to playing on a grass surface. If we can get the ball moving like we did on Saturday then we will cause them problems.

 “We just need to be patient. We know we’re going to have a lot of the ball as w did in Gibraltar, but, ultimately, we didn’t do enough with it.

“We will have the full crowd behind us at Celtic Park who will roar us on. The gaffer will select an attacking team and we will cause them a lot of problems. If we can get the early goal, with the crowd behind us, they will get a shock.

“The players in the dressing room understood the fans’ frustration. They paid money to come and watch us and ultimately we have put in a poor display and got a poor result.

“But, hopefully, they’ll turn out in their numbers and back us from the first to last minute and we can give them something to cheer about.

“If they score one, we need to score three, but I’m confident we will score and if we score first it will put them on the back-foot and we will keep attacking.”

Last season’s 40-goal hitman added: “There is always pressure on us to qualify to the group stages. Under Ronny Deila, it was difficult and this season isn’t going to be any different. 

“Everybody expects us to walk through these ties, but it’s been proven before that they aren’t easy. They showed that in the first leg when one mistake cost us dearly and that’s what happened over the past two seasons.

“The manager will still have players in mind who he will want to bring in and add to the squad. but I have no doubt that those players in the dressing room can get us back to the Champions League group stages.”
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