Celtic midfielder Eboue Kouassi has stated that there are no fears of playing against the Russian side ahead of the side’s trip to Russia for the second-leg of their Europa League match.
The Hoops go into Thursday night’s showdown clash with Zenit St Petersburg with a 1-0 lead following Callum McGregor’s effort late in the second half which gave the Hoops a slight advantage.
And although the Ivorian acknowledges that the side will face a hostile atmosphere in Russia, Kouassi is fearless and insists they should not be afraid of their opponents.
As quoted in the Daily Record, the 20-year-old said: “I have played in St Petersburg. It’s a good stadium with one of the best atmospheres in Russia. Zenit are always dangerous from home, they don’t lose a lot of games there. But we know what to do, we know how we have to play.
“But I would not say it is difficult for us to go there. If we play as we can do, then we will qualify for the next round.”
The Hoops went into last week’s Europa League tie with a string of injuries to key players and without much hope of getting anything out of the game against a well-drilled Roberto Mancini side.
But an energetic and organised performance from the Bhoys, not to mention the backing of a pumped Celtic faithful, led Zenit to struggle to break down their opponents.
A 0-0 draw against St Johnstone at the weekend will have to be put to the back of their minds and a much-improved display will be needed to keep the Russian’s out at the Krestovsky Stadium.
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