Celtic star on Europa League: We can get to the final!

Jason Denayer believes the Bhoys can go all the way in the Europa League, a competition that begins with a trip to Salzburg this evening.

Jason Denayer, from the modern footballing hotbed of Belgium, believes he can achieve great things with Celtic this season.

The 19-year-old defender swapped Manchester City for Celtic on a loan basis earlier this summer and has already begun to make a name for himself in Scottish Premier League football having returned two goals from four appearances.

Now Denayer wants to help take Celtic to the final of the Europa League, with an away game against the Austrian champions Salzburg the first obstacle in their road to the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw.

"If we play as we can, if we play to 100 per cent of our ability, we can go to the final," said Denayer, as quoted by the Daily Mail. "It’s about us. Celtic is a big club with high expectations and we will try to meet them."

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon commented: "It is possible for us to win it but it's an awful long way from that at the moment."

Celtic have been grouped with Dinamo Zagreb, Salzburg and Astra Giurgiu.

"We have to concentrate on getting out of the group first, then you have to deal with teams coming out of the Champions League making it a difficult competition from there on in.

"You have to be lucky with the draw to get to that stage but as a club and squad we are big enough to take that challenge on," said the Scotsman. "To win any European competition you are going to have to win difficult games against quality opposition.

"I'd love to go on and do that but we are a long way away from that."

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