AIK Stockholm striker Tarik Elyounoussi has taken aim at Celtic and the Scottish league ahead of this week's Europa League play-off.

Elyounoussi insists the Swedes have nothing to fear from Neil Lennon' s side and that the Premiership "is not so good".

The Hoops have been rocked by their shock elimination from the Champions League from Cluj and they needed extra time to defeat Championship side Dunfermline in the Betfred Cup.

They welcome the Swedes to Glasgow on Thursday in a bid to make the group stage of the Europa League.

And although Norwegian striker Elyounoussi is suspended for the Parkhead first leg, he revealed that no one in AIK will be scared of the Scottish champions.

 

He said: "Of course Celtic have a lot of experience in Europe, but they have not been so good in recent years.

"We will not be dazzled by Celtic.

"When you hear the name Celtic, you think they are a big team.

"But they lost four goals at home to Cluj and the Scottish league is not so good.

"We won't be intimidated either by playing in their large stadium. We are all looking forward to facing them."

However, AIK team mate and skipper Henok Goitom was quick to stress Lennon's side are still favourites to qualify, after they went down to a shock league defeat to Kalmar.

He said: "Yes, Celtic are favourites because they win their league all the time and have experience in playing in the Champions League.

"We will be underdogs. But if they want to reach the Group Stages of the Europa League, they have to beat us first.

"I'll be honest and say I've not seen Celtic yet. That's not me being cocky, it's just that I haven't had the time to look at them. But if you ask me on Wednesday, I will know them very well indeed.

"Our defeat in the league might actually be a good thing. Maybe it's good we got a punch in the face before we play Celtic."