Wary Wanyama forecasts tough test
By: Mark Henderson on 24 Sep, 2012 19:57
VICTOR Wanyama insists Celtic will treat Tuesday´s cup clash with Raith Rovers like they would a UEFA Champions League game.
With home advantage, and the Kirkcaldy side´s First Division status, the Hoops will be considered firm favourites to progress to the next round of the Scottish Communities League Cup.
However, the Kenyan internationalist knows that could all change if Celtic don´t match their opponents for commitment and endeavour.
"All the games are important for us, whether it´s Champions League or league game so you always treat every game as the same," he said. "Our focus is always the same for every game. So this doesn’t affect our performances.
"These games are always difficult. A team like Raith Rovers always come motivated, so we have to be ready. I think it´s going to be a good game and we are going to treat it like a big game."
The midfielder helped the Hoops return to winning ways in the SPL against Dundee at the weekend, getting on the scoreseheet in a 2-0 triumph. Now Wanyama, who was sporting the new 125th anniversary kit at the Lennoxtown launch today, is keen to extend that run of victories.
"We hadn´t done well and the manager had made that point to us so we had to step up our game and we did very well," he said. "It was important to get back winning ways. We are very happy that we have done this and we are looking forward to continuing this run.
"I´m pleased that I´m getting my name to the scoresheet and it feels nice for me to play in midfield and score goals," added Wanyama. "I always look to improve compared to last season. I got four goals last season and I´m looking to do better this season."
Wanyama was part of the team that lost in the League Cup final last season and that painful memory will drive him to go one better this time around.
"That will be the biggest motivation," he said. "We are hungry for success. We have just started the league and hopefully we can get better than last season. We are looking to working hard to improve."