Date: 20th February 2018 at 11:47am
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Former Russia manager Anatoliy Byshovets has hammered Celtic ahead of the Hoops’ trip to Russia to face Zenit on Thursday.

Byshovets made the bizarre claim that the Hoops had used ‘martial arts football’ in their 1-0 first leg victory over Zenit in Glasgow.

He also tipped Zenit to make up the deficit and knock Brendan Rodgers’ side out of Europe.

“Celtic will play exactly the same tactics – football supported by martial arts,” Byshovets said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Zenit will have to take their time and exploit the space. In the first match, they were not ready.

“Celtic will have taken a lot out of their win in the first leg and will be positive, but I think Zenit will score enough to get through.”

The statement is odd, as the Hoops didn’t seem to play any different than they usually do in the match which they dominated.

They didn’t leave the boot in on Zenit either, which makes Byshovets claims perplexing.

The Hoops head into the second leg on a back of a goalless draw against St Johnstone on Sunday.

The game saw the Hoops manager make a host of changes with the second leg in mind, but the fringe players failed to grasp their rare opportunity of a match start, as the Hoops turned in a very flat performance.

Most of the team left out on Sunday will return for the second leg, but the likes of Leigh Griffiths, Dedryck Boyata, Stuart Armstrong and Patrtick Roberts are not yet fit enough to make their return to the first team.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops players will have to stand up and be counted in two huge games this week

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