Benkovic wants Bhoys to match Leipzig pas­sion

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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

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