Saturday 20 January 2018

Celtic under pressure to perform after poor pre-season, admits keeper.

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster admits they will be under pressure to perform as their pre-season campaign arrives at Parkhead.

Celtic host Norwich tomorrow night after an indifferent run of performances in Germany and Holland.

Neil Lennon's men have failed to score in three of their four friendlies, with a 4-0 defeat by Ajax on Saturday proving a concern ahead of next week's first Champions League qualifier, which will almost certainly come against HJK Helsinki.

Celtic lost 2-0 to Norwich at Carrow Road in May in a testimonial for Adam Drury and Forster knows his former club will provide a stiff test.

"It will be a good game for us to play in and it will be a good test," he said on the Celtic website.

"We want to hit the ground running at Celtic Park, but Norwich had a fantastic season last year and they will want to recreate that.

"It will be important we turn up and play because it will be a tough game.

"We saw that in the testimonial. Even though it was only a friendly, they´ve still got some very good players.

"I'm sure (Norwich boss and former Ireland star) Chris Hughton will have got them all going and it's important for them to start the season well.

"I think there will be a bit of pressure on us playing at home too, so we will have to go out and play well."

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