Jack Hendry retains Celtic belief


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Jack Hendry is confident Celtic can book their place in the final qualifying round of this season’s Champions League by gaining a positive result against AEK Athens on Tuesday.

The Bhoys will head to the Olympic Stadium in Athens with work to do following last week’s 1-1 draw during the first leg in Glasgow, while they were also beaten 1-0 by Hearts in the Scottish Premiership last time out.

Centre-back Hendry admits neither of those results were ideal, but he is confident Brendan Rodgers’ side can continue their European adventure by gaining a positive outcome against the reigning Greek champions in their own back yard.

“We’ve just got to remain positive,” Hendry said. “I thought we dominated the last game against AEK, so if we implement our game plan again I’m sure we do well.”

Celtic have not gone three competitive matches without a win during Rodgers’ two-years as manager and Hendry is confident they can bounce back in Greece this week.

The Scotland international added: “Obviously, it’s disappointing to draw and then lose, but I’m sure with the quality we have in our side, we’re going to bounce back strong.”

Celtic are priced at 2.70 to secure a victory from Tuesday’s second-leg, while AEK are available at 2.63 and the draw is on offer at 3.00.

The winner of Tuesday’s tie will take on either Swedish champions Malmo or Hungarian outfit MOL Vidi in the final qualifying round later this month, with Celtic looking to secure their place in the Champions League group stage for the third successive season.

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