Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata showed maturity as he explained in the Glasgow Evening Times, how he feels the club should approach the second leg of their Champions League qualifying match against FC Stjarnan.
The Bhoys head into the game this week with a comfortable cushion after a 2-0 victory in the first leg, as they continue the Holy Grail of a place in the Champions League group stage.
Boyata has called on his teammates to stay calm and be patient ahead of the game, because of some lessons the club learnt in the first match between the two sides.
“We have to stay calm. We created a lot of chances when we played them. They were difficult to break down but we found lots of space,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“Hopefully we can do that again in Iceland but we also have to be careful. It would be nice to get an away goal early and settle us but we don’t have to chase goals.”
A professional approach
Celtic boss Ronny Deila is likely to stress the need for a professional approach to the game, given the importance of getting into the group stage for the club.
He won’t want to see any complacency from any of his players ahead of or during the game, because Stjarnan won’t hesitate to make life difficult for Celtic, if they are given the chance to do so.
Celtic know that their opponents have to chase the game, which means they can sit off and simply pick off their opposition.
Patience is the key
Plenty of times are going to try and get at Celtic over the next ten months to exploit their weaknesses.
Celtic don’t have to chase this game and can show the patience needed to grind out a good result.
If they are forced to take spells of pressure to protect and improve on their lead, that’s something they are already well equipped to do.