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Griffiths: Celtic can qualify for Champions League group stages

By July 19, 2016No Comments

Leigh Griffiths is adamant the current group of players are good enough to ensure Celtic qualify for the Champions League group stages.

The Hoops have missed out on Champions League football for the past two seasons and have to overturn a first-leg deficit this term after an ignominious 1-0 defeat to Gibraltarian outfit Lincoln Red Imps in the second round Champions League qualifier.

New boss Brendan Rodgers is still in the process of putting his squad together after the departure of Ronny Deila and has targeted one of two more players he wants to bring in – with Liverpool’s Jon Flanagan and Blackburn’s Shane Duffy being linked with the club.

But Griffiths insisted the current pool of players can progress to the money-spinning group stages.

“The manager will still have players in mind that he wants to come in and add to the squad and bring in quality, but I’ve got no doubt in my mind that this group of players in the changing room will get us through to the Champions League group stages.”

Before that though they have the second leg against Lincoln Red Imps and Griffiths was equally bullish about Celtic’s chances.

“Yeah, I’ve no doubt we’ll qualify. It’s just about being professional on the night. If we get that early goal then I think that will scare the other team and the crowd will get right behind us,” he said.

“I think they will put a lot of their men behind the ball and try to hit us on the counter attack like they did in Gibraltar.

“But the way the gaffer is going to set up tomorrow we’re going to attack, there’s going to be a lot of pace in the team and if we get that early goal that will frighten them.

“Obviously you don’t want to get beat especially away from home but it happened. We need to move on and tomorrow is the perfect night to go and rectify the result and go through.”

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