SKIPPER Scott Brown insists Celtic will prove they deserve to be in the Champions League when they take on Manchester City tomorrow night.
The Hoops suffered their worst result in their European history when they were walloped 7-0 by Barcelona earlier this month.
But Brown believes they are poised to show their true worth against Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten Etihad outfit.
He said: “We must believe we are good enough to be in the competition and that we’re good enough to get something at home, especially in front of those fans. When they are supporting us, it’s incredible, especially on Champions League nights.
“We’re going to have to work hard as a team and defend a lot better than we did in the Nou Camp, along with being composed on the ball and taking our chances if we get them.
“It’s about getting touch-tight. We sat off Barcelona and admired more than anything and they showed what good players can do to you if you sit off them. We need to get touch-tight, get the bodies in and win battles all over the park.
“Manchester City have changed their style of play and Guardiola has come in and tried to bring in a different style. It seems to be working in the Premier League so far.
“But we have had a gaffer who has come in, tried a different style and it’s been working in the Scottish Premier League for us.
“It will be a good game, a proper game of football as both teams will want to get the ball down and play, but you need to win the battles, as well.
“It’s always hard to play against good players, but we need to try and show our qualities and step the game up.
“This is where this club deserves to be and where we want to be. We want to show we’re good enough to be in the competition, that we’re not just going to be in last place and we can fight at home and away.
“We play against the best players in the world in the Champions League and that’s why we want to be in it, to play against the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City.
“We need to show how good we are individually and as a team, so if we can go out there and prove a point tomorrow night then it will be good for us.”