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Leigh Griffiths: Nerves are part of big European nights at Celtic

The Celtic striker is confident fringe players can step up to Euro test.

Leigh Griffiths
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Getting nervous ahead of big European nights is all part of playing at Celtic Park, according to Leigh Griffiths.

Ronny Deila's side will be forced to bring in new faces against Ajax in Thursday's Europa League clash and the Celtic striker believes its perfect naturally to get nervous ahead of such a test.

The Scottish champions will be without Scott Brown and Kris Commons through injury as well as suspensions to Stefan Johansen and Nir Bitton.

"You're always nervous in a full Celtic Park," said Griffiths when asked if Celtic's untested fringe players are up to the task.

"If you're not nervous playing those kind of games then you really shouldn't be in football.

"There's a big name coming to Celtic Park. They've been here before and they know what the atmosphere is going to be like.

"We need to be at them right from the off."

Celtic currently sit bottom of Group A with two points following two draws and two defeats from their first four games.

Anything less than a win on Thursday could see them drop out of the European competition.

Yet following back-to-back defeats to Molde, Griffiths is adamant that he and his teammates know exactly what is at stake.

He said: "The last two games against Molde were disappointing. We know that.

But we've got a chance to rectify that tomorrow and our fate is in our own hands.

"We need to get six points from the next two games starting tomorrow."

He added: "If we don't perform were not going to go through.

"If we can give ourselves a good chance by getting three points tomorrow night then well go to Fenerbahce with a lot of confidence."

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