Ledley determined to get one over Celtic teammates
CELTIC star Joe Ledley is determined to get one over on his friends north of the border as Wales host Scotland tomorrow.
After defeats in their opening two World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Belgium and Serbia last month it’s a crunch game for Wales.
But Scotland also need a win after two home draws against Serbia and Macedonia and Ledley is looking forward to what should be a great contest at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The match will be the midfielder’s first game of this international campaign and he admits that the 6-1 hammering in Serbia made for difficult viewing.
“I was devastated to be injured and it was tough to watch on TV but what happened in Serbia is obviously behind us now and we look forward to two very important games,” he said.
“We need to get points on the board and it’s going to be difficult but anyone can beat anyone in this group and it’s still very early.
“It’s nice to be back in Cardiff and back involved with Wales because I haven’t played for a while now through injury.”
Ledley and his Celtic teammates have been enjoying the build-up to Friday’s clash and he is confident that Wales will come out on top.
“I know a few of their players and it will be strange to play against them,” he said. “There’s been a few bets and a bit of banter going round the dressing room at Celtic.
“Me and Scott Brown get on really well on and off the pitch so I’m sure we’ll have a good battle and we’ll both be determined to come out on the winning side.
“We’re confident that, with the players we’ve got, we can get three points on the board,” he added. “We know it’s going to be difficult because it’s a must-win game for them as well. They need the points just as much as we do and they’ll bring a lot of fans down so it should be a great atmosphere and a good game to watch.
“We’re looking forward to it and we believe we can get the win we need.”
Ledley believes he has improved as a player since leaving Cardiff City for Celtic two years ago.
“I think I’ve got better,” he said. “It took a while to adjust to a new league and a new country but I won the title last season and I think I’m getting stronger and stronger with every game.
“Playing in the Champions League as well is something I can only learn from and I’m really enjoying it.”