Zaluska not concerned by friendly loss

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Lukasz Zaluska has got his eye on the number one jersey at Celtic this season
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Lukasz Zaluska has got his eye on the number one jersey at Celtic this season

Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska has dismissed the club's friendly defeat to Stuttgart Kickers and insisted the major focus is the upcoming Champions League qualifiers.

Zaluska played in the 1-0 defeat to the lower league German side and will continue to fight with new £2million signing Fraser Forster to be Neil Lennon's first choice.

The 30-year-old Poland international believes the Hoops lost to a good side, but is more concerned with preparing correctly for the qualifying stages of the Champions League as Celtic look to return to Europe's top club competition.

"It was a busy game, our opponents had a good few chances to score some goals, especially in the second-half," he told the club's official website.

"We lost but we have to be ready for the first qualifier so we are all working towards that.

"Stuttgart Kickers were a good team and I think they looked even better than Augsburg. It was a hard game and we lost but the final score is not important.

"I hope we are making progress but it´s hard to talk about progress over just five days - the most important thing for us is to be ready for the qualifier in two weeks and that´s what we´re working towards just now."

The former Dundee United number one also reckons goalkeepers have a much tougher pre-season than their outfield counterparts.

He said: "It is so hard for a goalkeeper, we work twice as hard as the players and Woodsy (Stevie Woods, Celtic goalkeeping coach) is a madman, he pushes us all of the time.

"You could ask Fraser and he would stay the same. We ache from all the work we have been doing. Pre-season is very hard, we are working a lot doing double sessions so the focus is on fitness and not scores just now."

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