FC Stjarnan Goalkeeper Gunnar Neilsen has warned Celtic that they face an uphill battle in Iceland next week and they will rue their missed penalty.

The Stjarnan number 1 saved Griffith’s shot from the spot but also made a string of great saves to keep the scoring down in the first leg. He now thinks his team can capitalise in Iceland with the conditions being in their favour.

Celtic are going to have to come to what is not the best astroturf in the world,” said Nielsen
“We have a small pitch and it could also be very windy so you never know what might happen.

Gunnar is obviously unaware of some of the places Celtic need to travel to on their domestic travels although this will be something a little different. Stjarnan’s ground only has one stand with rails round the rest of the pitch. Not exactly the glamour you expect from Champions League opponents.

The goalkeeper has pointed to their Europa qualifiers last year as inspiration and hoping they can pull off something similar against Celtic.

“Motherwell and Lech Poznan were shocked there last year and we can be quite good when we sit deep and hit on the counter-attack.

He will have to be on top form again to keep Celtic out as regardless of the conditions Celtic are likely to lay siege to his penalty box.

Next weeks game is live on BT Sport.

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