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Thursday 13 December 2018

Lustig brimming with confidence for Zenit trip

Upbeat: Mikael Lustig
Upbeat: Mikael Lustig

Mikael Lustig believes Zenit St Petersburg now know all about Celtic's qualities after their 1-0 Europa League defeat at Parkhead on Thursday.

The big-spending Russian club, favourites for the last-32 tie, were given a chasing for most of the 90 minutes in the first leg in Glasgow.

The energetic Scottish champions were rewarded for their superiority in the 78th minute when midfielder Callum McGregor fired high into the net.

The result gives Brendan Rodgers' side a deserved advantage for the second leg in Russia next week.

Asked what message the game sent out to Roberto Mancini's side, the 31-year-old defender said: "That we are good footballers.

"When we are going forward we are flying and we create a lot of chances. We kept the ball really good as well and were solid.

"If they didn't know that we are a good team before they know it now."

Lustig believes Celtic can take as much confidence from the performances as the result, which came against a side who had not played a competitive game for over two months.

He said: "Of course it is a good result. But the performance probably gives us more confidence, especially the first half. We went straight at them, created a lot of chances and were really solid in defence.

"It will be a tough game next week. We know we face a really good team but this type of performance gives us more confidence."

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