Deila wary of Qarabag threat

29 July 2015 01:47:57 EST

Celtic have been warned that they will have to be at their best to progress past Azerbaijan champions FK Qarabag and reach the play-off round of the Champions League.

Having seen off FC Stjarnan 6-1 on aggregate in the second qualifying round, Bhoys boss Ronny Deila is expecting a tougher test from Qarabag, with midfielder Charlie Mulgrew set to miss the first leg at Parkhead due to a knee problem.

We just have to do the things we want to do better than them.

Ronny Deila

Norwegian Deila told the club's official website: "We have to play our best performance and then we know we can hurt the other team.

"We know we will face a very good opponent. They do a lot of things that we want to do - they are very offensive, they have good relations in the team.

"That's something we work on all the time, to get people to look at each other and find angles on the pitch, and they are good at switching the play.

"We just have to do the things we want to do better than them. We know about Qarabag and have to respect them, but, in the end, it is about us."

Celtic are available at 1/3 to win on Wednesday evening, with the draw 7/2, while the Bhoys are 2/9 to progress through to the play-off round at the expense of Qarabag.

Meanwhile, assistant manager John Collins has admitted that his club could struggle to hold on to Dutch central defender Virgil van Dijk if they fail to progress in Europe.

He added: "Would it be difficult to keep him if we don't make the Champions League? Probably, but hopefully we won't have to deal with that."

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