Joe Ledley looking to lead by example against Juventus in Turin

Ledley celebrates scoring at St Mirren Park.
Ledley celebrates scoring at St Mirren Park.SNS Group

Joe Ledley hopes his recent performances will earn him a starting place in Turin as Celtic look to overturn a 3-0 scoreline against Juventus.

The Welshman was not named in the starting line-up for the first leg in the Champions League last-16 clash, but scored against St Mirren in the Scottish Cup quarter-final.

Celtic will need some inspiration to topple the Italian giants, and the stand-in skipper is looking to lead by example on Wednesday night.

Ledley said: "Hopefully I will be starting on Wednesday and we look forward to it.

"It is a fantastic arena and a fantastic team to play against and you just never know in football, anything can happen.

"The first half is going to be key and if we get 1-0 up then you never know.

"We know it is going to be difficult because they have been brilliant this season, we just need to, hopefully, get a good start."

Ledley is back on form after scoring in the Scottish Cup quarter-final, adding to his double against Dundee last week.

Now the Wales international is hopeful of signing a new contract.

He said: "There is no progress at the moment (on contract talks) but it is a fantastic club, I am enjoying playing here in front of fantastic fans and hopefully I can extend my stay.

"But for the moment I just want to concentrate on football. We will get this season over and done with and hopefully we will sort something out.

"I am just glad to be back playing. I was unlucky at the start of the season through injury but my groin is not affecting me at the moment."

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