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Celtic midfielder David Turnbull insists the Hoops are confident they can beat Midtjylland to progress in the Champions League – and that the 6-2 humbling by West Ham hasn’t affected them.

Celts were outclassed at Parkhead on Saturday by David Moyes’ Hammers.

A Mark Noble penalty and a brace from Michail Antonio had the Premier League side ahead at half-time despite Callum McGregor’s early goal.

Ryan Christie pulled one back after the restart before Saïd Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and ex-Celt Armstrong Oko-Flex totted up the scoreline.

But Turnbull believes the Celtic squad will put that performance out of their minds and focus fully on the task at hand.

And he says they know if they play to a similar standard as they first leg but simply take more chances, the result should take care of itself.

Turnbull told Celtic’s website: “I don’t think that defeat will affect our confidence too much ahead of Wednesday night.

“We got a good result in the first game here and we’re looking to build on that now. We’re looking to show the kind of form we showed in midweek in the return game.

“We’re confident of going through. We feel we should have won the first game against them. We just need to create again, take our chances and be a bit more clinical.’

The Hoops ace also had high praise for some of Celtic’s youngsters who have been put front and centre so far under Ange Postecoglou.

He said: “When you’re younger it’s about doing as well as you can and proving everybody wrong.

“It’s about having no fear and just playing with freedom.

“We have faith in those boys 100 percent. Stephen Welsh played most of last season and did really well every time he came in.

“And big Dane Murray came in last week and did very well also. I’m sure he’ll build on that performance now.

“[Michail] Antonio up front for West Ham has been a success in the Premier League and would be tough for any defence to deal with. We know what we’re up against in Midtjylland – and thankfully it’s not that.”





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