Celtic are a 'punishing team' claims FK Sarajevo manager

Sarajevo manager Husref Musemic has praised Celtic after they ran out 3-1 winners in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier.

Midfielder Mirko Oremus gave the hosts a shock lead on the half-hour mark, before Celtic hit back.

Mikey Johnston equalised before half time and second half goals from Odsonne Edouard and Scott Sinclair gave Celtic what was in the end a comfortable win ahead of next week's return leg.

Musemic believes that if his side had held onto their lead going into half time, the game could have played out very differently.

He said: "In the first half we opposed the favored opponent, who only had one shot on the goal. If they did not score that goal, things might have been different.

"When we were physically in the second half, the team's concentration in defence also fell. I can not be dissatisfied because the players have done their best.

"If you are unhappy, then that's your problem. Celtic are a punishing team.

"I hope that we will have more players at our disposal and that we will be at the level of the first half of the match tonight."

Meanwhile, Sarajevo goalscorer Mirko Oremus lauded Celtic as a ‘great team’ that showed their class and congratulated them on the win.

Oremus said: "We played against a great team that regularly performs in European competitions and I can be pleased to answer this challenge.

"It was to be expected that they would dictate the pace, and we had several good counter-attacks which, unfortunately, we were unable to use.

"However, I think that we have shown before the supporters that we did not dare to, and thank them for their great support.

"They [Celtic] showed the class and I congratulate them. In the draw, we will be harder, they will feel more comfortable in their field, but this game will be a great experience for us.

"We have to stand as a nightmare from the first minute, do our best to be satisfied in the end."