Celtic go into the game having achieved their aim of European football beyond Christmas on the back of a third-place finish in their Champions League group. But now they have reverted to knockout football over two-legs, Davies admitted it would factor into their tactical approach.
“Our objective was to qualify for the Champions League and make sure we have European football after Christmas, and thankfully we did that,” he said. “It’s something which is important to keep in the mind, that we have this exciting game to look forward to in what is going to be a fantastic atmosphere. We are all really looking forward to it and that was the objective at the start.
“You have seen in previous two-legged games we’ve had that there are different results. Against Rosenborg, for example, we were 0-0 which maybe at the time didn’t feel like the best result, but we kept a clean sheet and put ourselves in a strong position for the second-leg and we went away and finished the job off. You have to be in a position where you have a chance for the second-leg as it’s only going to be half-time.”
But the Englishman acknowledged that the Bhoys would be seeking to capitalise on home advantage and the inspirational backing of the Celtic support.
“Hopefully, it’s something we can use to inspire us,” he said. “The fans generate the most incredible atmosphere. I have never heard noise like I have heard at Celtic Park at a football game before. It really is a fantastic experience in the stadium.Loading...
“On the pitch, we have to perform equally as well to inspire the fans. We will be working together and that’s the plan. It’s a phenomenal place to play.”
In regards to team news, Patrick Roberts has joined fellow long-term absentee, Tom Rogic, in returning to training at Lennoxtown.
“We have a few injured players returning to training which is good,” said Davies. “We are in a good place.
“Patrick Roberts is just returning to training but isn’t available for the game. Tom Rogic is a little bit further on as he has had a couple of weeks training and hopefully he will be available over the next week or so.
“Stuart Armstrong unfortunately is still in his rehab, the same with Leigh Griffiths, and then we have the long-term ones.”