Barron hopes Celtic lose focus

  • Last Updated: October 19 2012, 16:05 BST

David Barron hopes Celtic will have one eye on their Champions League clash against Barcelona when they face St Mirren.

David Barron: Prepares for Celtic test

Saints host the Scottish champions in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League just days before the Hoops travel to the Nou Camp for the glamour European tie.

Barron knows Celtic will claim to have their full focus on the trip to Paisley but the defender believes a meeting with the Catalan giants is almost impossible to put to one side.

He said: "Hopefully they are focusing on the game they've got on Tuesday night and will be taking their eye off the ball a little bit and we can get a good result against them.

"All the players and the Celtic manager will be trying to say 'right, let's focus on the St Mirren game' - but it will be in the back of the players' minds that a massive game at the Nou Camp is coming up.

"I'm sure that will take a little bit more priority over this one.

"They'll tell you it won't but I'm sure it will be in the back of some of the Celtic players' minds. Hopefully it can work for us and against them."

With only one half of the Old Firm available to face in league action, Barron is relishing the meeting with Celtic even more.

He said: "It's a brilliant game to come back to after the international break.

"With Rangers not being in the league now, Celtic is the one you look for at the start of the season. We can't wait to get a shot at them.

"You want to beat everyone but, when the Old Firm come to town, you feel as though you are taking a scalp when you beat them.

"There's a little bit of added excitement for this game because it's only Celtic this year."

Ross County, Hibernian and St Johnstone have already taken points off the Hoops this season.

Barron added: "Other teams have proved that if you get in their faces and don't let them play, you can get a few goals against them.

"They have shown us that and we will take positives from them beating celtic and, when they come here, I think we can beat them as well.

"On our day we can beat anybody here - and Celtic are included in that.

"We showed it a few years ago when we beat them.

"We know we can do it, we just need to make sure that everything goes well on the day and maybe get a bit of luck."


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