AEK Athens boss Marinos Ouzounidis has called on the club supporters to give Celtic “hell” in their Champions League qualifier
After holding the Scottish champions to a surprising 1-1 draw in last week’s first leg of their third round qualifier, AEK returns to the Olympic Stadium to host Celtic for the return leg.
And in front of what will likely be a packed out stadium next week, Ouzounidis has urged the home fans to make things as difficult as possible for the visitors.
“I think qualification depends on us. We have a great opponent facing us, but we have proved we are a very good team too,” said Ouzounidis, according to the Daily Record.
“And I am asking for the help of all friends of AEK.
“I know it’s not a great time of year because many families are on their holiday and the league hasn’t yet started, but I want everyone to come out and cheer us on.
“We need the passion, support and intensity of our supporters.
“The ‘Welcome to Hell’ message is used a lot, but this time I would really like it to be true when we face Celtic.
“We are a young team and it would make a huge difference to the confidence of some of the youngsters if they were playing in front of a full stadium.
“We are a long way from qualifying. We will have to work even harder than we did in Scotland.
“But I am optimistic. I believe in my team.
“Celtic’s away form is not anything like as good as their home form. We have a real chance of advancing.
“And that’s why I want our fans to be the 12th man and cheer us to victory.”