Samaras slams unprofessional Hoops
The Scottish champions were not at their best against the
Staggies in Dingwall and needed a goal from Kris Commons with
seconds of three added minutes remaining to secure a point.
Ahead of the first game against Helsingborgs, Samaras spoke of
the importance of reaching the group stages of the Champions
Leagueand how he thought it affected the Hoops players in the
The Greece striker said: “You know sometimes, I know it is a bit
unprofessional, but sometimes, when your target is European
football then maybe your mind is on the European games because they
are more important.
“Because, if you drop points in the SPL you have all season to
correct things, but now, in one week, we have to play two games and
we need to be focused 100% there.
“I know it is not right but I think in the game we played on
Saturday, our mind was a little bit for the game tomorrow.”
After the game in Dingwall Neil Lennon accused some of his
players of “going through the motions” but the Hoops manager
stopped short of concurring with Samaras’ assessment.
He said: “I don’t know about that. I think unprofessional is
sort of the wrong word, maybe some of them had one eye on Tuesday
“They know the significance of the game and how big it is for
themselves and everyone associated with the club.”
Samaras believes Celtic now have the “maturity” to reach the
group stages of European football’s elite club competition.
The former Manchester City player said: “It is an important game
for us, we want to play at the top level and the Champions League
is the highest level in European football.
“Europa League is European football but we did that last year
and I think we were a bit unlucky not to go through.
“But I think our team is more mature now and ready to go to the
“We want to raise the bar a bit higher and the aim is to be in
the group stages of the Champions League.”