RUSSIAN cracks Zenit St Petersburg admitted they were “under siege” as Celtic swarmed down on them during the first-half of last night’s Europa League last 32 meeting at Parkhead.

Brendan Rodgers’ side put in a mighty performance to take a 1-0 advantage to Russia for Thursday’s second leg thanks to an exceptional goal from Callum McGregor.

And the visitors’ official Twitter account commented at the interval that the club’s two-month long winter break had left the team “under siege” while adding it was “miraculously still goalless”.

zenit2The club wrote: “35 – Four good chances for the home side not taken, only the lack of finishing in front of goal stopping Celtic leading, Zenit surviving and need to tighten up.

“41 – Lunev’s goal under siege and the boys at the back working overtime, miraculously still goalless.

“H/T – Celtic 0-0 Zenit. The Scots firmly in control but not able to find the breakthrough. No amount of friendlies can prepare you for a game of this intensity.”

At full-time, the club posted: “Zenit not at the races after the long winter break.”

Head coach Roberto Mancini also took to Twitter after the game, writing: “It was only the first match. Nothing is lost, we can recover!”

Next week’s game will have a 6pm UK time kick-off.

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