Celtic star targets Valencia victory


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Oliver Burke says Celtic will be playing for pride when they travel to Valencia on Thursday but insists they have not given up on the Europa League.

The Scottish champions face an uphill task to reach the last-16 after Los Che claimed a 2-0 first-leg victory at Celtic Park last week.

Burke is aware Celtic’s hopes of progressing in the competition are slim, but he insists they will take the game to Valencia at the Mestalla on Thursday as they look to continue their European adventure.

“It is definitely about pride,” he told the Daily Record. “We have to go there and show we are capable and show what we can do. Fingers crossed we can get a result and then see what happens.

“It was an amazing experience for me to play at Celtic Park in a big European game. It’s a privilege to be a Celtic player, with massive crowds and great fans.

“This is a huge stage for me. I really enjoyed it – for a while. It was pretty sad how it turned out and I was pretty down afterwards. It’s about picking yourselves up to go again.

“The boys are all really looking forward to going to the Mestalla. We will all get behind each other and hopefully we can kick on.”

He added: “Credit to them, they are a good side and they played very well.

“But we know can do much better than the other night. It was so disappointing but we need to focus on the return and hopefully we can get a result.”

Celtic are 6.00 to win at Valencia and 29.00 to win 2-0, which would take the tie into extra time.

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