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Hector Bellerin has his say on 'under pressure' Celtic ahead of Thursday's clash

Celtic begin their foray into the Europa League proper on Thursday with a trip to Real Betis.

Against Betis the Bhoys will be facing Arsenal loanee Hector Bellerin, and the Spaniard has chimed in on the Glasgow club.

Bellerin spoke about the match itself against Celtic, the most recent Old Firm which ended in defeat for the Bhoys and his aims whilst at Betis (Daily Record).

“To play against Celtic will be special because they’re such a big club with a big history.”

“Celtic will be a tough rival but I’m optimistic. At Betis, we’re obliged to get the three points.”

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“We have already watched the derby against Rangers and that result puts pressure on Celtic.”

“If we can dominate the ball against them, we can get the win we need. I’ve left Arsenal to win things with Real Betis. I’m not here for a holiday.”

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Celtic will have to go to the Estadio Benito Villamarin in the hopes of getting all three points on Thursday.

Having got past Jablonec and AZ Alkmaar in Europa League qualifying, Ange Postecoglou’s side now face a difficult group stage.

Alongside Real Betis, Celtic also face Bayer Leverkusen and Ferencvaros.

The Parkhead faithful will have to get some momentum built up if they are to get through that group and qualify for the knockouts.

In the Scottish Premiership they find themselves 5th having lost to both Rangers and Hearts in their opening five games.

Now, though, with Betis next on the agenda the fans will be hoping that they can use Bellerin’s words as motivation.

Travelling to Spain and coming away with all three points would be a huge statement of intent from the Bhoys.

It certainly won’t be easy, but in Albian Ajeti, Liel Abada and Jota, they have the firepower to come away with a result.

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