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Football: QUINN: WE CAN STEP UP A LEVEL.

Byline: ROBERT MARTIN

BRIAN QUINN last night claimed Celtic will move to 'a different level if they can see off the might of Milan and Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Hoops chairman was in Monaco to observe yesterday's draw, and allowed himself a wry smile when he learned Henrik Larsson would be returning to Parkhead.

But Quinn insisted they should have nothing to be scared of after knocking the Spanish giants out of the UEFA Cup last season, and admitted it was an exciting draw for the clubs fans.

He said: "It will be a tough game for us and there is the added spice of Henrik returning to Parkhead.

"I think getting through would lift the club onto a different level, although I would describe our campaigns so far as respectable.

"We have beaten some excellent teams at home but away from home we haven't managed to do so yet, and if we can do that this season then we can really move forward."

Quinn confessed he knew little about Ukrainian outfit Shaktar Donetsk, but knows that won't stop dedicated Hoops fans from heading to Eastern Europe for the game.

He said: "I have to say I don't know about them, other than the fact they have won their league, so it will not be an easy trip.

"But it is not as far away as people think. It is a group that will present a real challenge to us."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2004
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