Ki: We can't rely on Celtic strikers

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Ki Sung-Yueng feels Celtic will have to win their home games in order to have a chance of reaching the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League reports

The 22-year-old South Korean international has urged his teammates to help assist the club's strikers by chipping in with a few goals in front of their own fans.

The Bhoys were handed a European reprieve after FC Sion were expelled from the competition, but Neil Lennon's men kicked off their European adventure with a disappointing 2-0 defeat in Spain against 2010 winners Atletico Madrid.

They welcome Italian outfit Udinese to Parkhead on Thursday, and Ki emphasised the importance of picking up a positive result at Celtic Park.

"We have just played one game and if we win against Udinese we still have a chance [of progressing]," he said. "We will have to be at our best and if we get a chance we will have to score.


"Away games in the Europa League or Champions League are not easy so we should at least draw away games and win every home game, that is our target.

"But as I said, it's not going to be an easy game because they are a good team. They are doing very well in Italy but it is our home game which means we have a lot of fans behind us. So we want to win the game."

With three goals already to his name this term, the Hoops' talented midfielder is determined to improve his goalscoring return this season, and highlighted the need for other players to take the pressure off the Celtic forwards.

"We can't rely on the strikers every time," Ki continued. "We have good midfielders in the team who can score goals and I think we should score more.

"Me, Beram Kayal, Joe and Scott Brown can score more goals and help the strikers to score."

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