Celtic winger James Forrest demands big push


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Celtic winger James Forrest concedes his team face a tough task to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League and has demanded a big push ahead of Thursday’s crunch meeting with Red Bull Salzburg.

The Hoops will be through to the last-32 if they win or draw, or if third-placed RB Leipzig do not beat Rosenborg.

Brendan Rodgers’ men are unbeaten in their last 10 matches and have recovered well in Europe after back-to-back defeats to Salzburg and Leipzig earlier in the campaign.

Celtic fans are hoping they will get the point they need but Forrest admits it will be a tough encounter against the Austrians at Celtic Park.

“We know it is going to be a hard game and it will take a big push from everyone and hopefully we get a result on the night,” he told reporters.

“We would have taken it being in our own hands going into the last game. It is going to take a real push.

We know Salzburg are a top side and everyone is going to be at it on the night to make sure we get through.

“Everyone is going to have to put in a big performance to make sure we get through.”

Celtic warmed up for the game with a 5-1 win over Kilmarnock on Saturday and they are the slight favourites for Thursday’s meeting in front of their own fans.

Rodgers’ side are 2.40, the draw is 3.30, while Austrian champions Salzburg are 3.00 to grab all three points.

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