Hapoel Beer Sheva's Barak Bakhar expects determined Celtic

Barak Bakhar
Barak Bakhar's Hapoel Beer Sheva side trained at Celtic Park on Tuesday evening
Champions League play-off: Celtic v Hapoel Beer Sheva
Date: Wednesday, 17 August Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB; live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Hapoel Beer Sheva manager Barak Bakhar expects Celtic to "come ready" in Wednesday's Champions League play-off first leg in Glasgow.

The Israeli champions put out Olympiacos in the third qualifying round and are bidding to reach the group stage for the first time.

"We are not favourites," said Bakhar, 36. "It would be a joke to say we are favourites.

"A club like Celtic doesn't feel pressure."

The Scottish Premiership winners last featured in the group stage of the Champions League in season 2013-14.

"Celtic know we beat Olympiacos so they are going to come ready," Bakhar said. "They really want to get into the Champions League so they will be concentrated and it will make it difficult for us.

"We had some good moments against Olympiacos in our away game and we want to attack here. We know the importance of an away goal.

"We have pressure but it's positive pressure and we want to play a significant part in the match."

Defender Shir Tzedek, 26, expects the hosts to draw confidence from the atmosphere at Celtic Park.

"This kind of stadium gives the advantage to the home team," he admitted. "I've never played in this kind of stadium but we will have to deal with it.

"We're coming to this stage to play a team like Celtic with such history, so it's true we are not favourites.

"But we deserve to be in this stage and we trust the coach to give us all the information we need.

"There are moments in your career as a player when you realise it is something special. This is one of them."

Shir Tzedek
Tzedek joined Hapoel last year and helped them win the Israeli Premier League

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