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TIME FOR ACTION, CELTIC’ Gary Mackay-Steven

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GARY MACKAY-STEVEN believes it is time for Celtic to prove they are a Champions League team.
The livewire winger said: “We know Wednesday is a big game, but we are relishing the opportunity to play at that level.
“We feel it’s where we belong. But actions speak louder than words. We have to show we can play at that level and produce the goods.

“You can talk all you want about how it’s a big club here. Everything is in place. But ultimately it’s what we do on the pitch that matters.

“It’s massive for us as players and we use any pressure as motivation to do well.

“We want to play in the Champions League and we have prepared right and we feel we are ready. It’s now up to us to go out and show what we can do.”

Qarabag produced strong performances last season, beating Red Bull Salzburg, then running Inter Milan and Dnipro close in the Europa League group stages.

The pressure on Ronny Deila’s team to build a lead in Wednesday’s first leg is fierce.

Mackay-Steven added: “You wouldn’t want it any other way. I came here to experience the big nights and Wednesday will be one of those.

“I don’t feel under pressure. I just feel excited about the game and I can’t wait.

“I’ve only ever been a spectator and seen these games on television. You hear about them and the taste of Europe last year was the Europa League — but the Champions League itself is what I want to experience as a player.

“It will be incredible to be involved. It is one of our goals as a team to get there. Wednesday is the start of that and I’m sure we’ll give a good account of ourselves.”

 
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