Celtic must remain focused


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Scott Sinclair has stressed the importance of remaining focused as Celtic look to complete the job against Astana and book their place in the Champions League group stage.

The 28-year-old bagged a brace in the first-leg play-off clash with Astana at Celtic Park in a comfortable 5-0 victory.

Celtic are unlikely to allow that lead to slip as they travel to Kazakhstan for the second leg on Tuesday, however, Sinclair insists they can’t allow any complacency to slip into their game.

The Bhoys were held to a 1-1 draw when they travelled to Astana in the early qualifying rounds of the Champions League last season before they edged to a 2-1 win on home soil in the return.

Sinclair admits Celtic aren’t under much pressure this time but insists they must stay focused and look to get the job done before they can think ahead to Thursday’s group stage draw.

“Having that 5-0 cushion, you can get complacent,” Sinclair said.

“But that’s where we stay mentally strong and focus on the game in hand and get the job done.

“There’s not so much pressure because of the 5-0 lead, but when we go out there, we can’t concede.

“We’ll keep calm and play our normal game and make sure we go out there to win it as well.

“We have to make sure we go over there and get the job done and then we can start looking to see who we may face.”

Celtic are priced at 2.63 to claim victory on Tuesday, while Astana can be backed at 2.70 to win the second-leg clash and the draw is available at 3.30.

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