Celtic’s midweek European opponents Ferencvaros suffered a slight setback in the league on Saturday, as they were defeated 2-1 by mid-table side Zalaegerszeg.
The Hungarian champions are preparing to travel to Glasgow on Tuesday – taking on Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic in what will be a crucial game to see which side might be playing European football after Christmas.
However, a defeat yesterday has led to some worries for Ferencvaros boss Peter Stoger, who has admitted they must stop Celtic in wide areas if they want to get anything out of the game this coming week.
“We knew that we could expect crosses from Zalaegerszeg, and there are two solutions – you either prevent them or defend against them, but we didn’t do either consistently,” as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We know that on Tuesday, a lot of similar situations await us against Celtic; the task is to better defend against such balls and find consistency.
“We also had opportunities, good chances, and even penalties. We couldn’t take them.
“We were also a bit unlucky, I could see that the boys were doing everything they could to win, but we’re still disappointed.”
The Hoops come into this game off the back of this weekend’s solid victory away from home to Motherwell. So it is interesting to see how both sides will approach this one in terms of mindset, with Celtic possibly having more confidence after Saturday.
Postecoglou will be looking for his side to build some momentum from here, after a couple of positive results, and there would be no better way to do that than picking up our first three points of the European group stages this campaign.