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MIKEY READY FOR ‘MASSIVE’ TEST

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MIKEY JOHNSTON has Swede dreams of Celtic atoning for the misery of the Champions League exit by making an impact in the Europa League.

The mission to maintain European football at the club will commence with the first leg of the crucial play-off against AIK Stockholm at Parkhead on Thursday with the return in Sweden a week later.

As they step onto the European tightrope once again, Neil Lennon’s men are desperate to retain some pride at this level and secure a spot in the group stages of the continent’s secondary competition.

Johnston, who scored the opening goal in the club’s 2-1 League Cup extra-time win over Dunfermline on Saturday, is adamant the players will make amends for the calamity against Cluj six days ago.

The winger, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Everybody has to find it within themselves.

“We are playing in a massive game for a massive club. We all have to be up for it and everyone will be.

“We are a winning club and not getting into the Champions League is huge disappointment for the fans, but we need to make the results happen and get everyone positive.

“It would be good to get a good result to take over to Sweden and we will work hard to do that.

“Europe is massive to the fans and we want to try and get a run there. Get the results racking up and get the fans back onside again. We still have a lot to play for.”

Celtic reached the last-32 of the tournament last season before losing out home and away to Valencia on a 3-0 aggregate.

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