Celtic’s Adam Matthews has warned that his side must avoid their UEFA Europa League dream going down to a nervous final-round shoot-out, after they saw off Dundee with a narrow 2-1 win to remain in top spot in the Scottish Premier League table.
But Matthews insists insists the level of performance they produced against Dundee will not be good enough to see of Europa League rivals Red Bull Salzburg, and will face the Austrian outfit on Thursday at Celtic Park and need a win to clinch their spot in the last-32 of the competition.
If they fail to maintain their 100 per cent home record in this season’s Europa League then their chances could go down to a nerve-jangling clash away to Dinamo Zagreb, and Matthews is determined to avoid that and wants to get the job done this week.
“It’s going to be a tough game and we know from the away match the threats that they pose,” he said.
“We know we’ve got to be on our game and play better than we did against Dundee or else they will turn us over.”
“Hopefully, we will get a good crowd here and hopefully can win the match.”
“We don’t want it to go down to the last match. We’d like to get the job done as soon as possible.”
“We were a little unhappy we didn’t qualify in the last match but Thursday is another chance to show Europe what we can do.”
“Hopefully ,we’ll get a good result and a good performance.”
Matthews believes the return of captain Scott Brown could be crucial, after the Hoops skipper was suspended for their league clash with Dundee and was a big miss in the middle of the park.
He said: “We missed the captain. It will be a big boost to see him back in the team.”