Shakhter boss Kumykov aware trip to Celtic will be much tougher

Shakhter Karagandy manager Viktor Kumykov knows his side will have to be even better next week if they want to qualify for the Champions League group stage proper.

Shakhter Karagandy manager Viktor Kumykov knows his side will have to be even better next week if they want to qualify for the Champions League group stage proper.

The Kazakhstan champions stunned Scottish giants Celtic 2-0 in the first leg of their play-off on Tuesday night but Kumykov is aware that Neil Lennon’s men will be a completely different monster on home soil.

"We still believe Celtic have a chance to qualify and we believe the game in Glasgow will be even more difficult because Celtic are a more experienced team,” he said.

"We still have a chance – a little bit more of a chance than before the first game.

"We played very confidently but there is a second-leg ahead of us and I expect we can get another good result.

"You need to play in a very disciplined and organised way and I think we did that.

"We believed that after the second goal we had a chance to win the game but it is always hard to predict. You can never be sure about the final result."

 
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