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Ki Sung-yueng all set for Celtic ‘smash’ and grab

Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-yueng claims his team can “smash” Sporting Braga at Parkhead despite losing 3-0 in Portugal last week.

The South Korea international (inset) has warned Braga they are in for a shock when they face the atmosphere of a Champions League night at Celtic Park.

Ki's confidence mirrored the attitude of team-mate Gary Hooper, who had predicted a 4-0 victory for Celtic if they can get an early goal.

A controversial handball decision against the Korean allowed Osario Alan to put Braga ahead in the first leg of the third qualifying round tie and Celtic's hopes of making the play-off round suffered a huge blow when they conceded two late goals from set-pieces.

But the Celtic players have clearly not given up hope of turning the tie around.

“What we did in Portugal wasn't good enough and I gave away a silly penalty kick,” Ki said. “But this (game) will be different because we'll have 60,000 people in front of us. If we play the way we just did in training, I think we can smash them.”

He added: “It will be totally different to Portugal because they have never experienced the kind of fans at Celtic. The fans are really amazing. Every time we tackle, we will get the ball and attack in front of a lot of people. So I think they will be surprised and afraid.”

Belfast Telegraph

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