Celina eyes big cup draw

28th January 2019
First team

Bersant Celina hopes Swansea City draw high-profile opposition in the last 16 of the Emirates FA Cup, and believes Graham Potter's men can do something special in the competition.

The Swans booked their place in Monday night's fifth-round draw thanks to a 4-1 victory over League One Gillingham at the Liberty Stadium.

Midfielder Celina was among the scorers on Saturday, blasting a fantastic strike from distance into the top corner to all-but seal the win.

It means Swansea have reached the last 16 for the second season in a row, just the second time in the club's 107-year history that the feat has been achieved.

While focus has already turned to the resumption of Championship hostilities against Birmingham, Celina says Swansea will have no fear no matter who they draw.

"I want to go as far as I can in this competition. I think we can do something special," he said. 

"You just never know what can happen in a tournament like this.

"I don’t care who we get. Personally, I’d like us to play a bigger team so the boys can show how good we are. If we put out a strong team, I think we can beat anyone."

And when asked about the possibility of facing former club and reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, he added: "Why not? It would be a hard game, but very special for me."

The immediate priority for Celina and his team-mates is to keep their six-match unbeaten streak going when they host Garry Monk's Blues tomorrow night.

Victory would move Potter's side up to eighth in the table, and Celina wants to make the most of the current good run.

"It’ll be a hard game but we want to go out and do our best to win," he said.

"I think we’re good enough to not lose games. Hopefully, we can keep winning."