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‘NOBODY HAS TO BE SCARED OF THEM,’ KAMBERI’S VIEW ON CELTS

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HIBS hitman Florian Kamberi scored the second killer goal in his side’s 2-0 win over Celtic at Easter Road yesterday – and then insisted no-one should be scared of the champions.

The Swiss striker hadn’t netted since claiming one in Neil Lennon’s side’s 4-2 defeat at Parkhead on October 20, but ended off the challenge of Brendan Rodgers’ men with his effort just before the hour mark.

Kamberi, who will face Rangers in Edinburgh on Wednesday, admitted the Hoops are still favourites for their eighth successive Premiership crown, but believes all the teams in the top flight are capable of beating each other.

He said: “It’s much more interesting now for people watching from outside. If you look at past years and how Celtic were then, they are definitely the favourites – but nobody has to be scared of them.

HIB HIB HOORAY…Florian Kamberi is about to be congratulated by Stevie Mallan after the second goal against Celtic. Pic: Geo.

“If you look at them as a club, team and players, Celtic are, of course, the favourites to win the league. But being favourite doesn’t mean anything – it’s the performance on the pitch that is relevant.

“I haven’t played against Rangers yet, but they’re on a good run, Kilmarnock are, too. Everything is possible because everything is tight. It’s not like Celtic are dominating the whole league and nobody cares about the others.

“Anything could happen, everybody can beat everybody.”

Kamberi’s goal at the weekend was his eighth of the campaign and he hopes to add to that against Steven Gerrard’s outfit who moved to the top of the Premiership following their 1-0 win over Hamilton Accies at Ibrox yesterday.

They lead Kilmarnock on goal difference while they are a point ahead of their Parkhead foes who have a game in hand.

The 23-year-old attacker added: “It’s always special to score against Celtic. Against the big clubs, it feels extra special.

“Absolutely, I think we are ready for Rangers.”

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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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