John Collins: Celtic will have to play direct against Qarabag

Celtic Football Club

The Celtic assistant coach has admitted that the style of play will need to change against Qarabag.

The Bhoys take a 1-0 advantage to Qarabag looking to progress in the Champions League qualifiers, but John Collins has admitted in a press conference that Celtic may have to change their style of play to deal with the pitch problems in Azerbaijan.

The heat in Azerbaijan is reportedly the reason for the pitch issues currently affecting the club, with the BBC claiming that the pitch at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium was badly damaged.

However, Collins has admitted that it will not be too much of an issue for the Bhoys, as they will adapt to their surroundings - and will likely play a more direct brand of football.

Whilst this means the ball will bypass the most technical players in the team - with the likes of Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong not fitting into a route one system - the all-out attack should ensure a victory for the Scottish side.

Chances will be created at an impressive rate playing a brand of direct football, but this could also work against the Bhoys, as Collins has admitted that Qarabag themselves are a footballing side who like to pass the ball around if given the chance.

This means that the home team will also be affected by their poor playing surface, and also will have to likely resort to playing route one football should they wish to overcome the issues.

Both teams are faced with the same issues, and it will come down to which team can adapt best to determine the winner.

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