Celtic assistant manager John Collins confident of final flourish

Celtic assistant manager John Collins

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Celtic assistant manager John Collins says his side are determined to finish their disappointing European campaign on a high when they face Fenerbahce on Thursday.

The Bhoys currently sit bottom of Europa League Group A having picked up just two points from their five games, a run that has seen boss Ronny Deila come under plenty of pressure.

In contrast Fenerbahce need only a point to make it through to the last-32 of the competition and their fans are sure to make it a raucous atmosphere at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.

The pair played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Glasgow back in October, a game in which Celtic squandered a two-goal lead.

Despite only having pride to play for, Collins says the Scottish champions are not planning to lie down and is confident they have the ability to exit the tournament with a bang.

“We always say to the players that every game is vitally important,”
he told the club’s official website. “Obviously we can’t qualify, but we want to go there and put on a good performance.

“They are going for qualification so I would imagine it would be a good, intimidating atmosphere out there. It will be a good test for our boys, and we will be looking to go there, get a result, be disciplined and play better than we have in the previous games.

“We will be motivated, and it’s another challenge for the players to finish with a good performance in Europe.”

Celtic travel to Turkey as the 8.00 underdogs to get a win, while the draw is priced at 4.75 and Fenerbahce the 1.36 favourites to claim the victory.

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