‘Celtic must improve on big stage'

By Daily Sports on December 8, 2017

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Craig Gordon has warned his Celtic team-mates they must show improvements on the bigger stage or their places will be at risk.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper has been an integral part of the Celtic side that is on a record-breaking 67 match unbeaten run domestically.

Despite such impressive dominance in Scotland, the Scottish champions have struggled to make an impact in Europe ending their Champions League campaign with a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Anderlecht on Tuesday.

However, Anderlecht's victory was not sufficient for them to leapfrog Celtic into third spot and gain a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.

But Gordon knows manager Brendan Rodgers expects better from his players than the single victory and five defeats recorded in their group.

"We have to be performing at the highest level, if not, at a club of this size, then you run the risk of being replaced," Gordon admitted.

"We need to do as well as we can in these big games to try and stay in the team."

Celtic could hardly have a tougher task on their return to domestic duty this Sunday as they make the trip to Easter Road to face Hibernian.

The Edinburgh side, managed by former Celtic boss Neil Lennon, came close to ending the visitors long unbeaten record at the end of September when Rodgers's men needed a late Tom Rogic strike to claim a share of the points at Parkhead.

"They (Hibs) are a good team and a difficult side to play against on their day. If they get it right then they have a lot of players in their team who can win matches and score goals," said Gordon.

•Photo shows Celtic players.

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 8, 2017

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