Football: Heskey back for UEFA tie.
Byline: CHRIS BASCOMBE In Glasgow
LIVERPOOL boss Gerard Houllier today declared the mouth watering showdown with Celtic belongs in the Champions League.
The hype finally ends at Celtic Park This page is about the soccer stadium in Glasgow. For the Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Derry, Northern Ireland, click here
Celtic Park is a football stadium in the Parkhead area of Glasgow in Scotland. It is the home ground of Celtic Football Club. with the Reds receiving a prematch boost with the surprise return to fitness of striker Emile Heskey Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey (born January 11 1978 in Leicester, England) is an English footballer. Known for his pace and strength, he is a striker currently playing for Premier League side Wigan Athletic. (left) Heskey will make an instant return to the Liverpool starting line-up the Echo can reveal having proved his fitness in a late test on his injured hamstring last night. Houllier has decided to recall the powerful striker as he looks for the kind of solid display which has become the club's forte in Europe.
As kick-off approached the Reds boss said a fixture such as this was worthy of a European Cup clash.
Houllier said today: ``This game could have been a Champions League game. I wish it was.
``Both teams were very unlucky against Basle and that cost us. I suppose that's what we both have in common.
``I still think back to that game
and the number of attempts on goal we had and wonder how we didn't win.
``But this will be a great occasion and it is one I am really looking forward to.
``There is a real sense of excitement around the game. It should be a great night for the club and I'm sure the 3,000 fans we have inside the stadium will be singing as passionately as the Celtic fans when our anthem comes on.
``We have been drawn against Auxerre and Celtic, who are both Champions League teams. We haven't had to play weaker sides because we are in the UEFA UEFA Union of European Football Associations
UEFA n abbr (= Union of European Football Associations) → U.E.F.A. Cup.''
On the fitness of Heskey, Houllier added: ``Emile will play.
``He trained since Monday and gave himself every chance.''
The Liverpool boss has vowed his team will go for the crucial away goal to maintain their impressive record in European games. He said: ``We are always going for goals whenever we play. Our target is an away goal and a clean sheet.''
Meanwhile, Liverpool youngster Jon Otsemobor Jon Otsemobor (born 23 March 1983, Liverpool) is a professional Football (soccer) player who plays for Norwich City. Otsemobor is a defender who can play as centre-back or full-back. His main strengths are his pace and willingness to get forward. has joined Hull City on a month's loan.
PUT IT THERE: Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier and Phil Thompson Philip 'Phil' Bernard Thompson (born Liverpool, 21 January 1954) was a cultured defender in the dominant Liverpool team of the 1970s and 1980s who later returned to the club as first team coach. at Parkhead last night,ahead of tonight's UEFACup tie with Celtic