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  • Moussa: We'll work hard to be ready for Europa League test

    Moussa: We'll work hard to be ready for Europa League test

    By: Mark Henderson on 06 Dec, 2017 10:28

  • MOUSSA Dembele insists Celtic will be ready for the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League when it comes around in February after the Hoops sealed their spot in the last 32 of the competition last night (Tuesday) against Anderlecht.

    Although Brendan Rodgers’ side were beaten 1-0 by the Belgian champions in Paradise, a 3-0 victory in the corresponding fixture in Brussels at the end of September ultimately proved pivotal in securing them third spot in Group B of this season’s UEFA Champions League.

    So while the striker was disappointed not to have finished their group campaign with a flourish, he insists the Bhoys will have re-grouped and improved by the time they continue their European adventure in 2018.

     “The positive thing is we have Europa League and that is the thing to take away from us,” he told the official Celtic website. “It wasn’t the best game for us but we have qualified and we have to be ready for it.

    “We just had a lack of quality. We just didn’t play our football and that’s what has cost us. We have a lot to look forward to and we have a few months to prepare for that and be ready for it.

    “We just need character,” continued the French Under-21 internationalist.  “When you play against a high-level opponent, you really need to make sure you want the ball every time and create chances, and when you do that, you have to score from them. That’s what we have to learn from it but I'm sure we have the quality for that.

    “We did our best to try and do something and it didn’t happen but we have to stay focused and work hard for the Europa League.”

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