Bhoys have to bounce back, in­sists McGre­gor

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

CAL­LUM McGRE­GOR in­sists Celtic have to quickly shrug off their Europa League dis­ap­point­ment in Salzburg to take care of do­mes­tic du­ties in Perth.

The Hoops were beaten 3-1 by the Aus­trian cham­pi­ons at the Red Bull Arena on Thurs­day night.

Bren­dan Rodgers’ side travel to McDiarmid Park to­day to face St John­stone in the Scot­tish Premier­ship, a side they re­cently knocked out of the Bet­fred Cup at the same venue by a sin­gle goal. The cham­pi­ons are six points be­hind lead­ers Hearts and 25-year-old Scot­land mid­fielder McGre­gor knows they have to keep the pres­sure on.

“We had a good game up there (Perth) last mid­week. So they will make it dif­fi­cult for us again,” he said. “We have got to get the fresh­ness in the legs again and go again on Sun­day and we need three points.”

Pon­tus Jans­son pow­ered in a dra­matic 88th-minute header as Leeds earned a point. Marcelo Bielsa’s bat­tling side had trailed from the spot through Neal Mau­pay’s 10th goal of the sea­son. And Bees man­ager Smith was sat­is­fied de­spite drop­ping two points late in the day. “I thought we were very good to­day, first half we were very good,” said Smith. im­prove­ment from their tame sur­ren­der at home to Leeds on Tues­day, but they have won just once in eight games and are now bot­tom of the pile. net just be­fore the hour mark.

Bray si­lenced the home crowd with a quick-fire equaliser through Jake El­lis but it took the home side less than 30 sec­onds to re­gain the lead, when Mikey Dren­nan fired home from close range. Cham­pi­ons League. Uruguay mid­fielder Ben­tan­cur’s goal was his first since join­ing Juve at the start of last sea­son while Ron­aldo took his tally to four since his move from Real Madrid.

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