Benkovic wants Bhoys to match Leipzig passion
FILIP Benkovic has urged Celtic to play with the same fire in their belly against Livingston tomorrow afternoon as they did against Leipzig in the Europa League.
Brendan Rodgers’ side kept their ambitions of progressing into the latter stages of the tournament alive with a pulsating 2-1 win over the Bundesliga side but as they head back into domestic football, Benkovic wants to see the same desire.
The Croatian defender is expected to sit out of the game due to the artificial surface at Livingston but he expects his colleagues to carry the baton as Celtic look to continue their recent form.
The Parkhead side have scored 23 goals in their last five domestic games and have shipped just two, with Benkovic eager to see more of the same.
“We must forget about the surface and go for the win,” he said. “I want to play on Sunday because it’s very important for young players to play but will be the coach’s decision.
“I had a problem before I played on Kilmarnock’s pitch so we’ll see what happens – we’ll speak about this at training. We all work hard every day and we all support whoever is chosen to play.
“But it’s not really important where we play. If we played them in the street behind the stadium we must play in the same way we did against Leipzig because if we relax even a little bit it can kick us in the face.
“So we must play really aggressively and believe that we can win. In football you have good times and bad times and our recent performances have been very good. We have played really well and we hope that we can keep that going this weekend.” it