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Armstrong warns against Celtic complacency

By July 15, 2016No Comments

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has insisted it isn’t simply just a matter of turning up and beating Lincoln Red Imps on Wednesday as they are a “good side”.

The Hoops suffered an ignominious 1-0 defeat to the Gibraltarian minnows in the first leg of the Champions League second round qualifier but go in as overwhelming favourites at Celtic Park on Wednesday to turn the tie around.

Should they do what many people expect and progress then they will be up against either Astana of Kazakhstan or Lithuania’s Zalgiris Vilnius in a third round qualifier.

Armstrong though is taking nothing for granted.

“We can’t just turn up and expect to win,” he said. “We have to fight for it as they’ll be fighting for it too.

“There is always that pressure to win at Celtic and that is something that we are used to.

“They were a good side; they played some nice stuff, there is no doubt about it.

“We should have been a lot better and won the game but that wasn’t the case but credit to them, they had some nice parts of play.

“Were we taken aback by the result? It is what it is and we lost.

“Everyone is upset about it, rightly so and we are looking to train well this week, good preparation tomorrow and go again on Wednesday.”

Before that crucial Champions League tie the Hoops are in action against Wolfsburg on Saturday in a friendly at Celtic Park.

Armstrong believes it will be a step up in class from what they’ve faced so far in pre-season.

“What am I most looking forward to? The quality of the game. They are a very good side and probably the best side will have faced so far.

“The tempo will be high, it will be on a nice surface and I think it will be a good game which will prepare us well for Wednesday.”

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