FORMER Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic has warned Celtic he’s after more trophies and is chasing a Europa League medal with Zenit
 St Petersburg.

The decorated defender has already won the trophy in 2013 during his days at Stamford Bridge where he also picked up a Champions League winner’s medal, three Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

 But, at 33 years of age, Ivanovic insists he’s desperate for more success with the Russian side who face Brendan Rodgers’ men in the first leg of the Europa League last-32 tie at Parkhead on Thursday night.

The Serb insisted: “It’s 
natural for players when they start winning 
trophies that they want more of them.

“I will never lose
 my hunger and desire to win things.

“That’s why I moved to Zenit because I wanted more silverware.

“I’m part of a big, 
ambitious club. We have a new team with a lot of potential.

“Of course, we’re
 taking it step by step and our first aim is to reach the next round.”

 The powerful back-four operator added: “Celtic are a dangerous opponent for us because we’re not playing games in the Russian League. That is an advantage for them.

“Also, they have a winning mentality.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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