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  • Manager: Celtic are ready for Reykjavik test

    Manager: Celtic are ready for Reykjavik test

    By: Kenny McKay in Iceland on 15 Jul, 2014 16:11

  • RONNY Deila has called on his Celtic players to put their training into practice as they prepare for this evening’s UEFA Champions League qualifying game with KR Reykjavik.

    The Celts face the Icelandic champions at their KR-Völlur stadium in what will be the Norwegian’s first competitive game in charge of the Hoops.

    The game comes on the back of the Bhoys’ two-week training camp in Austria where the players recorded a four-game unbeaten run against a mix of pre-season opponents.

    Having been pleased with how the players have responded to his training methods and tactics, the manager believes they are now ready to impress when it counts.

    He said: “I think this has been a good start for us. We had two weeks in Austria where we were starting to get into shape. There is still plenty to work on but I think the players are ready to play a game.

    “I think we did well in Austria. We got everyone to get minutes under their belt and they are capable of getting the sort of performance we need in Reykjavik.

    “Of course, we have to think about how they are going to perform. There is a great focus on the results, but we can’t do anything about the result unless we deliver a good performance. We know we have the skills in the team to get us there.”

    The game against KR also represents the start of a long and important journey for the manager as he attempts to lead Celtic into the UEFA Champions League proper by navigating through two qualifying rounds and a play-off.

    Despite the many games to come, he says he is focused firmly on KR and expects a tough tie away from home.

    He said: “We have to be very professional and have a good attitude from top to bottom and be prepared for them.

    “I’ve seen them in several games, they are a good team and being an Icelandic team they have a good set-up here and a good attitude.

    “But now it’s about getting on the pitch and set a high tempo. What we dream of is something we can take back to Murrayfield.”

    Tonight’s match will be screened live on Celtic TV, at www.celticfc.tv where you can also get exclusive pre and post-match coverage of the game.

    The return leg at BT Murrayfield is included in this year’s season ticket, which is the best way to make sure you never miss another Hoops match.

    Head to http://www.celticfc.net/because to find out more.

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