'Big problems' - Kanchelskis makes claim about squad ahead of Celtic clash v Zenit
Andrei Kanchelskis has warned his countrymen Zenit that if they don’t unite as a team they will be defeated in the Europa League by Celtic.
The Hoops hold a 1-0 advantage over the Russian side ahead of the second leg on Thursday, and the one-time Rangers winger wasn’t impressed with claims that players were arguing in the dressing room after the game at Celtic Park.
“If the players are fighting in the dressing room, then what kind of atmosphere will that produce on the pitch?” Kanchelskis said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
The former Premier League winner with Manchester United went on to claim that the problems were being caused by the mix of nationalities in the dressing room not blending together.
“There is a bad atmosphere around the team. When you put a load of Argentines in with Russians, this is what happens.
“I think there are big problems at Zenit. Everyone knows about the bad atmosphere around the team.”
Kanchelski’s comments suggest a team seemingly in turmoil, and one which the Hoops should be looking to defeat.
The Hoops go into the match in Russia on the back of a disappointing performance in a goalless draw against St Johnstone on Sunday, a result which means that Brendan Rodgers’ side have now dropped five points in their last two league games, cutting their lead at the top of the table to nine points.
There were mitigating circumstances behind the dropped points though, as the Bhoys rested most of the team who will start against Zenit, and captain Scott Brown missed the game due to suspension.
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