Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Daniel Majstorovic fired up for Celtic's test against Rangers

Daniel Majstorovic has moved to Celtic from AEK Athens

Daniel Majstorovic proclaimed himself fully prepared for the demands of playing for Celtic as he vowed to wrest the title back from Old Firm rivals Rangers.

The Sweden defender was unveiled at Celtic Park after completing his move from AEK Athens, who were unable to keep financing his salary.

The 33-year-old has immediately realised the importance of preventing Rangers claiming a third successive Clydesdale Bank Premier League title.

And Neil Lennon's eighth summer signing believes his two-year spell in Greece has given him the ideal grounding in dealing with the expectations of fans.

AEK Athens coach Dusan Bajevic was attacked by his own supporters after his team lost a pre-season friendly at Kallithea this month so Majstorovic is unlikely to be fazed by the demands of playing in the Old Firm arena.

“Expectations are always high at big clubs, especially from the fans and the media,” the Swede said.

“This is part of the job and you have to handle it.

“The derbies between Panathinaikos, AEK Athens, Olympiakos are the same, it's high pressure.

“The fans are really, really crazy. Over there it's not football, it is really a religion.

“I'm used to this kind of pressure and I'm looking forward to it.

“Big clubs always have big pressure. You need to get used to it and handle it.

“The people who can't handle it are not ready to play for a big club.”

Majstorovic, whose former clubs include Malmo, FC Twente and Basle, knows that Celtic fans demand the championship and the imposing centre-back is determined to deliver.

“First of all they will see a player who always gives 100% on the field,” he said.

“To take back the title for Celtic is the most important thing.”