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Nir Bitton amazed by the spirit of Celtic

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Celtic star Nir Bitton firmly believes this current crop of stars have an incredible team spirit, one which is helping them scale the wall to the illustrious Champions League group stages.

Bitton was speaking after he and his team-mates defied dreadful conditions in Azerbaijan's capital city of Baku on Wednesday night to reach the final play-off for European football's main event.

Ronny Deila's men had to dig deep and conjure up a compact and rigid display to earn a 0-0 draw in the Kazakstan capital. At times the game was not pretty with fans having to grit their teeth at points.

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However, Bitton thoroughly believes that it is this particular sqaud's spirit that has once again lifted them over the line. 

He told reporters: "Everybody works for each other and when you work for each other you get success, you get the bonus for that. We played amazing as a team last night.

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"It wasn't the best performance on the football side but we showed a good defensive game".

"I felt very tired. It was a very difficult game against a very good side. Qarabag showed everybody that they have a lot of qualities".

"We knew if we were going to keep a clean sheet everything would be good, and we did it and we are so happy and we are looking forward to the next round."

"But we knew before the game what to expect and we prepared very well".

"It was a difficult game for us in very hard conditions, but the most important thing was that we won".

Next step

The club will now go into the hat for Friday's play-off draw in Nyon, and although many of Celtic's support will be delighted they have avoided the likes of Manchester United and Valencia, there still lies possible danger ahead, and some tricky destinations. 

A trip home for Bitton may very well be on the cards, as Maccabi Tel Aviv are in the pot, others include; Partizan Belgrade (Serbia), Malmo (Sweden), Skenderbeu Korce (Albania) or FC Astana (Kazakhstan).

Not all of these opponents would be a straightforward task, which means Bitton, and his team-mates, may well have to call upon that 'amazing' team spirit once again to conquer whoever lies ahead in the quest for European glory.

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