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Stefan Johansen: Celtic can come back

Johansen feels Celtic have what it takes to overturn their 4-1 deficit.

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has said he believes his side's Champions League hopes remain alive despite their 4-1 deficit against Legia Warsaw.

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The Scottish champions slumped to a heavy defeat in Poland last week, putting them on the brink of elimination -- but Johansen feels they can find a way back in Scotland on Wednesday.

Celtic -- who play the second leg of the third qualifier at Murrayfield in Edinburgh because of Celtic Park's use for the recent Commonwealth Games -- came back from 2-0 down against Shakhter Karagandy to win 3-2 on aggregate in last season's Champions League.

And Johansen said: "It will be tough, but we still have a chance. Every player believes we can do it -- and Celtic did it last year, so why not now?

"Of course we were disappointed after the game in Poland, but we know we still have a chance. We didn't play the way we wanted last week, but we have the quality and the team to score three goals.

"We need to step up our game a bit more compared to what we did last week, but I think we can go through.

"The team wants to go to the Champions League. We know it means a lot to the fans and the club, and we will do everything we can to get through."

However, he warned that, although an early goal would be a bonus, Celtic should not pile forward during the opening stages.

"We need to be patient as well," he said. "If we can get one goal, we can go and take the momentum. It's up to us to score the goals we need to get through."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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