Celtic midfielder looks to Man City result for success in Russia v Zenit
Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham is hopeful that the Hoops can get a result when the side heads to Russia on Thursday for the second-leg on their Europa League tie against Zenit St Petersburg.
The Frenchman was part of a Manchester City side that played the Russian giants in the Champions League back in 2014 when the Sky Blues got a 2-2 draw.
And now Ntcham is hoping that he will come away with a similar result, as quoted in the Scottish Herald, the 22-year-old said: “Four years ago, when I was playing for Manchester City, I went to Russia to play a game against CSKA Moscow. It was with the young team and it was a good game that I enjoyed. Of course, it was a little bit cold, but I liked it.”
Celtic are ahead in the battle after an unlikely 1-0 win at Park Head against Roberto Mancini’s side.
A Callum McGregor strike deep into the second-half gave Brendan Rodgers’ side a deserved victory after a hard-fought battle and something to hold onto going into round two.
Preparation for the European clash hasn’t been ideal though.
A 0-0 draw at home against St Johnstone at the weekend showed a deflated and exhausted side following their exertions days earlier against Zenit.
Rodgers will hope and expect a much more energetic display from the Bhoys on Thursday night and Ntcham too is hoping for a repeat performance against the Russian side.
The former Manchester City star said: “If we managed to get through, I think it would be a really big achievement for all of us.
“When you achieve your targets, you are always happy and that is what we want to do. The second leg is going to be tough, but to get through is our aim and that is what we will fight for.”
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