Alonso: I will be the happiest guy in the world with three points


By Colette Carr

Fran Alonso is well aware that the Celtic support will be keeping a close eye on their two city rivals at Broadwood tomorrow, but he insists that as long as the Celts look after themselves and pick up a victory, he will be “the happiest guy in the world”.

Celtic travel to Motherwell for the final match of a long and drawn out season, where a win would make history in securing their first ever place in the Champions League, while a three-goal swing paired with a Rangers win over Glasgow City would see Celtic lift their first ever League title. 

But - as has been the way all season - the Hoops will concentrate on the ninety minutes in front of them, against a side Alonso knows won’t make life easy.

“I expect a team who will really want to win, be well-organised and looking to maximise their strengths. They know the eyes of the country will be on two games tomorrow and they’re involved in one so they’ll want to play the best football they can and try and get something from the game. 

“It’s really about the three points - we can't think about the goal difference or the other game. If we draw 0-0 and Rangers win, then we are out of the Champions League, so we need to focus on ourselves. Three points would be automatic qualification for the Champions League, and this would be a dream come true for us in our first year as professional with a lot of players who are still amateurs,” he explained.

Despite knowing there’s still work to be done, the Spaniard is hoping he will be “the happiest guy in the world” come full-time regardless of the outcome in the other fixture, and stressed the importance of the Celts maintaining their concentration and attitude that has helped them create this 12 game unbeaten run.

He said: “If we score, we will try to score the next like we always do. We are an attacking-minded team but for me, if we can get the three points, I would be delighted. Winning the title would be amazing, but I would be the happiest guy in the world if we get the three points and qualify for the Champions League.

“We are in a very high standard routine now. We’ve been doing it for the last twelve games and we haven’t changed anything this week, other than tactically, but in terms of our standards we’ve stuck to what has been successful for us. The quality has been super at training, and although it’s almost like a Cup Final the game won’t mentally intimidate us. We have dealt with pressure before, so I don’t think we will be nervous.”

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