Wanyama focused on win
Victor Wanyama has set his sights on helping Celtic to their first Europa League win of the season when they host Udinese.
Last Updated: 29/09/11 9:59am
Victor Wanyama has set his sights on helping Celtic to their first UEFA Europa League win of the season when they host Udinese at Parkhead.
The Hoops were held to a goalless draw against Sion in the first leg of their qualifier at Celtic Park before losing 3-1 in Switzerland.
The Parkhead club were then reinstated in the tournament after Sion were found guilty by Uefa of fielding ineligible players in the two ties, but the Group I opener against Atletico Madrid earlier in the month ended with a 2-0 defeat.
However, Kenya international midfielder Wanyama, who signed from Beerschot AC in the summer, insists those disappointing results will count for nothing.
"I don't think it will affect anything," he said. "I think every day is a new day so I think tonight will be good for us.
"I am confident because of the way we have been working and also, we have great players in the team.
"It is a big test but we have to take three points."
Manager Neil Lennon warned his Celtic defence against conceding yet another early goal in Europe.
The Hoops found themselves behind in the opening minutes against Sion in Switzerland and against Atletico Madrid and could not come back.
Lennon is aware of the dangers of going behind to a team who are joint top of Serie A, albeit the much-changed Italian side will be without their top striker Antonio Di Natale, who has been left behind in Italy.
"It seems to be a running theme in last few games (losing an early goal)." he said. "In the Sion game and Madrid game, we conceded early.
"You need maximum concentration in these games.
"It is always a concern when you are playing against a team of this quality with the pace that they break at.
"Udinese are an excellent team, very well drilled defensively and they have excellent pace on the break.
"So we have worked on a few things today so hopefully we can keep the door shut.
"But it is important that we get plenty of the ball as well and work Udinese the best we can."