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Celtic´s Strachan upbeat over Champions League draw

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 29 Aug 2008

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Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has said he is looking forward to another Champions League clash with old rivals Manchester United but he believes they will be even harder to beat than before.

The two sides last met in the tournament two years ago and on that occasion the honours were shared with each side claiming a home win.

“So it’s Man United? Here we go again!” said Strachan who counts the Old Trafford outfit among his former clubs as a player.

“Oh well, if you’re going to play in the Champions League you might as well come up against the Champions League champions. It doesn’t get any easier does it?

“You have to be honest about it and say this is an even stronger Manchester United than the Manchester United we faced two years ago.

“This time they are champions of Europe and champions of England. They are a better team now and that will make our job even harder.”

Celtic will also face Spanish side Villarreal and Danish champions Aalborg, who defeated Rangers’ conquerors FBK Kaunas to book their place in the group stages.

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