18 Aug Lustig urges Celtic not to blow their chances again
Celtic full-back Mikael Lustig says the Hoops are desperate to avoid ruining their chances of Champions League football again.
Ronny Deila’s side were eliminated twice from Europe’s most prestigious competition after defeats to both Legia Warsaw and Maribor last season.
However, after victories over Stjarnan and Qarabag, the Scottish champions are only two games away from making a return to the Champions League and Lustig insists they don’t want to shatter their dreams again.
Speaking ahead of the visit from Swedish outfit Malmo, Lustig said: “Does it give us more determination after last year? Yeah, of course, especially when we were in the Champions League the previous two seasons.
“It’s unbelievable to have Champions League games at Celtic Park. We’re going to make sure we don’t mess it up this year.
“We’ve been solid in Europe so far and played really good defensively against Qarabag so our confidence is good now and I think we are ready.
“All the players and the fans want Champions League football. Last year, after we went out of the Champions League we became a better team.
“We played well in Europe and were very close to the treble but the aim is to reach the Champions League.”