Fenerbahce star Raul Meireles issues warning to Celtic ahead of Europa League clash

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The Hoops welcome the Turkish side to Parkhead tomorrow.

Fenerbahce midfielder Raul Meireles has dismissed claims that Celtic are facing the Turkish side at a good time, in light of recent unrest behind the scenes.

Robin van Persie has expressed his frustration over a lack of playing time and has a strained relationship with manager Vitor Periera, leading some to suggest the Hoops’ Europa League opponents are there for the taking.

But the former Chelsea man rejects that notion and feels the quality within the Fenerbahce squad will shine through.

“The result in the opening game was disappointing, but we are still very confident we can progress,” said Meireles, in quotes published by Daily Record.

“We have some of the top players in Europe, there is never a good time to play us. I don’t expect Celtic to make it easy for us, but we are ready.

“Signing players like Nani, Van Persie and Lazar Markovic was a big injection of confidence for us over the summer.

“New players can sometimes need time, but these are players who are used to big games and who have the ability to do special things in these big games.”

The Süper Lig runners-up are undoubtedly a talented bunch but their unexpected home loss to Molde has blown the group wide open and given Celtic the chance to put four points between themselves and the group favourites.

Ronny Deila's men were impressive for the most part against Ajax in their first group game - with it highly likely they would have left with all three points were it not for Emilio Izaguirre’s dismissal - and they will need to muster up a similar sort of performance if they are to triumph over the talented Turks tomorrow.

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