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Strachan focused on away success


Uefa Champions League, Group E: Aalborg v Celtic
Venue: Energi Nord Stadium Date: Tuesday 25 November Kick-off: 1945 GMT
Coverage: BBC Radio Scotland and live text commentary on BBC Sport website
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan
Strachan is not worried about Manchester United's result

Manager Gordon Strachan will adopt a positive approach as Celtic go looking for an elusive Champions League away win against Aalborg.

The SPL leaders have taken just one point from 17 group games in the event.

"We try and attack everywhere we go so it will be no different and we will play the game as we see it," he said.

"I watched the tape of Aalborg against Villarreal, they gave them a good game and they are a very good side who are playing well at the moment."

A Celtic victory in Denmark coupled with three points for Manchester United at Villarreal in the other Group E clash, would leave the Scottish champions needing a better win than 1-0 over the Spaniards in Glasgow to take them in to the last 16 for the third season in succession.

However, Strachan will only focus on how his side fare and forget the favour needed from his old mentor Sir Alex Ferguson, who was his manager at Aberdeen and at Old Trafford.

"We will just get through the game and see what happens," Strachan added. "We do that all the time.

"You are talking to a man who didn't realise we had qualified for the last 16 (two seasons ago) when we beat Manchester United, so I think that says it all."

Aalborg were thought to be the weakest team in the section but they drew 0-0 at Celtic Park on match day one when goalkeeper Karim Zaza saved a first-half penalty from Barry Robson.

"You can't beat yourself up with things like that," said Strachan. "Aalborg put up a good show that night.

"We had the chance to win with the penalty and we made far more chances than we did against Copenhagen, the last Danish side we played against.

"So we can't complain. We admired Aalborg's character that night."


Celtic full-back Andreas Hinkel is expecting a tough game at the Energi Nord Stadium, with both sides locked on two points in the section - six points behind both Manchester United and Villarreal.

"Aalborg will fight, and so will we," said the German international.

"It is the last chance for both teams. Both teams can go through to the Uefa Cup, and we can still go through to the last 16.

"Okay, it is not a big chance, but it is still possible."

Celtic warmed up with a 3-1 win at St Mirren, while Aalborg beat Vejle 3-0 at the weekend.

And Hinkel stressed the importance of making a positive early impression in Denmark.

"We have to do what we did against Hearts at Tynecastle - get off to a very good start and be very quick, very tight," he added.

"And then if we score, great. We had a chance to score early on in Villarreal but we didn't do it.

"But I think every run has to finish at some point."

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