Celtic midfielder optimistic of progression
Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has urged the squad to approach Thursday’s Europa League tie with a positive attitude.
The Scottish champions finished second in their group and will play host to Spanish outfit Valencia in the round-of-32, first-leg tie on Thursday.
Strong performances in Europe have been hard to come by for Celtic over recent times and they have failed to win a knockout tie for 15 years.
But McGregor believes they can address the terrible record this season although he expects Los Che to provide a stern test.
McGregor said: ‘You know Spanish clubs will play football and they’ll always really test you.
They’ve come into a good bit of form recently but we’ve got to fancy our chances at Celtic Park.
‘Our mindset has to be that we play without fear and just go out there and see what we can do.
It would represent progression for us season after season in Europe.
‘These European competitions are really tough, especially when you see the money that clubs are throwing about.
‘Then you look at the draw for this round and see the quality of the teams who are in it.
The standard is getting higher all the time and you have to go back to 2004 to find the last time we managed to win a knockout tie.
‘We know it’s not going to be easy but we have to go into it in a positive frame of mind.’