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‘WE MUST IMPROVE,’ STJARNAN BOSS

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STJARNAN boss Runar Pall Sigmundsson accepts his struggling side will have to improve dramatically if they are to have any chance of ruining Celtic’s European dream.
He watched his team draw 1-1 at home with 10-man Akranes at the weekend and said: “It was very frustrating because we played against a team a player short, scored and still couldn’t keep the lead.
“We have been dominating games, but we are not taking our chances and it ends up costing us.
“It’s obvious we have to improve in future games, starting against Celtic.
“I don’t think we are playing badly, but we need a break to help our season. And our strikers need to do more.”
The Hoops, two goals ahead from the first leg, will have to navigate Stjarnan’s notorious plastic pitch on Wednesday night.
After the draw was made, there had been speculation that the tie would be moved to Iceland’s national stadium in Reykjavik. However, that has not materialised and Ronny Deila’s men will play on the pitch where Motherwell were undone last season.
The Fir Park men lost their Europa League qualifier against Stjarnan at the Samsung Vollurinn Stadium and the-then boss Stuart McCall criticised the surface and insisted it had led to injuries within his squad.
Deila will no doubt be hoping to return from Iceland with his players relatively unscathed with two more qualifying ties to come.
 
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