CelticFC

New Balance Logo
Dafabet Logo Magners Logo
  • Back
  • Show All
  • First Team
  • Development Squad
  • Academy
  • Women's
  • Commercial
  • Match Reports
  • Tickets
  • View
  • third kit - out now
  • Away Kit Launch
  • Kit Launch
Greenock MortonCTM Mr GreenCeltic TV pre-season
  • Sinclair sets his sights on shooting Celts to glory over Zenit

    Sinclair sets his sights on shooting Celts to glory over Zenit

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 14 Feb, 2018 16:01

  • WITH seven goals already in Celtic’s European campaign, Scott Sinclair could be a key man again this Thursday night when the Hoops face Zenit St Petersburg in the first leg of their last 32 UEFA Europa League tie.

    The 28-year-old hit six of those goals in the successful qualification campaign for the group stages of the Champions League, and then netted a superb strike in the 3-0 away win over Anderlecht, a result which proved pivotal in Celtic securing European football after Christmas.

    Now he’s hoping to play his part in prolonging the European adventure by seeing off a Zenit St Petersburg side that he and his team-mates know will provide a very tough test.

    “The expectation from the players and fans is we’ve got to go out there and win the game,” Sinclair said. “It’s going to be tough as they’re a great side, but for us it’s to concentrate on what we’re doing and how we play and make sure we win the game.

    “We want to go into the game feeling positive and looking to win the game. We don't want to look too far ahead. That’s what we’ve been doing all season so we will continue doing that. When we go out there we want to perform well and it’s going to be an exciting game.”

    During Sinclair’s time at Manchester City, Robert Mancini was manager, and although he didn’t play too often during the Italian’s time at the Etihad, Sinclair knows that Mancini is a top manager.

    “I’m sure he’ll be doing a lot of tactical stuff to stop us from performing tomorrow,” he said. “He’ll be doing as well as he can and I’m sure he’ll be wanting to win the game as well.

    “When I went to City I only played a few games under him. There are so many players there that they don't really get as much game-time as they like, but I’m a much different player now since then.

    “It’s vital to not concede. We are an attacking team so we want to go out and score goals and obviously not concede. We don't need to look at who are favourites or not. We want to go out there and produce a good performance for the fans. They’re always special nights at Celtic Park, so we want to try and make sure we win.”

    The match programme for tomorrow night's game has a stunning, specially-designed cover, and is on sale at the Celtic Superstore and the Celtic store in Argyle Street, Glasgow and also available at the stadium ahead of the game (price: £5).

    Click on the banner below to buy a copy now.

    You can also buy the programme at the stadium tomorrow before the match as part of a double deal with this week’s issue of the Celtic View for £6, which represents a fantastic saving of £1.95.

    ad

    Most Read

    • Important 2018/19 season ticket information

      Important 2018/19 season ticket information

    • Frustration as Celts held by Saints

      Frustration as Celts held by Saints

    • Celtic's European adventure ends with defeat in Russia

      Celtic's European adventure ends with defeat in Russia

    • Aitchison at the double as Celts claim 3-0 win over St Mirren

      Aitchison at the double as Celts claim 3-0 win over St Mirren

    • Celtic’s Scottish Cup campaign continues – tickets on sale now

      Celtic’s Scottish Cup campaign continues – tickets on sale now