CFR Cluj attacker Ciprian Deac is confident his side can get yet another win at Celtic Park on Thursday night.
The winger played and scored on his last trip to Parkhead just over a month ago. His glancing header gave the Romanian champions a shock lead before mayhem ensued on Glasgow’s East End. Cluj would win the game 4-3 after a chaotic second 45.
It followed on from a 1-1 draw in Romania that Celtic performed well in to secure the result. Deac played in both matches, so feels that he knows what to expect from Neil Lennon’s side this time around.
And as he touched on the revenge-factor of the clash, he confidently stated that there’s nothing to be afraid of. In comments picked up by the Daily Record, here’s what Deac has had to say.
“I know Celtic will treat us far more seriously now that they did in the first two matches we played against them this season. We expect an even tougher game because Celtic will be out for revenge.
“Even if we do have a couple of injuries, we have shown before we can cope with it.
“We are going to Glasgow to try and win again. Why not? We’ve already proved we can beat them and we also defeated Lazio so there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of.”
Celtic must realise that atmosphere won’t rattle Cluj
One of the most powerful tools Celtic have had in their arsenal over the years has been our vocal support. The Hoops fanbase have roared us to success against some top sides in the past. The likes of Inter Milan, RB Leipzig, and Zenit have all struggled in Glasgow in recent years.
However, we’ve also had plenty of teams who just haven’t been fazed by it either. Valencia, RB Salzburg, and now Cluj come to mind. And let’s not kid ourselves on either, we all know that they were under pressure in stages last month too.
When Celtic rattled home three goals in the second half during the last meeting, Cluj were never rattled. They continued to play their own game and looked for openings. Deac was one of those players who wasn’t fazed. So many times over the years we’ve been able to laugh at those who say Parkhead doesn’t scare them. With Cluj, we know it doesn’t.
But equally, the Hoops support’s backing on that night spurred the Celts on. Lenny’s Bhoys could’ve allowed the game to fade away in the second half. However, backed by the fans, there was at least a fightback.
So the playing staff have been warned here. Cluj aren’t coming to Celtic Park to be scared by the supporters. They clearly believe in themselves to play through the noise. It’ll be down to the Celtic players to ensure they’re up against quality that’s just too good for them.
Both sides are confident heading into this one, and it’s certainly going to be a cracker.