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Tuesday, 12 March, 2002, 18:03 GMT
'Scot' Owen supports Celtic
Michael Owen helps Liverpool defeat Celtic in the Uefa Cup in 1997
Michael Owen (left) enjoyed playing against Celtic
Michael Owen, the England star who could have played for Scotland, has disclosed to BBC Choice that he is a Celtic fan.

The 22-year-old Liverpool striker qualified for Scotland through his father's side of the family.

He will instead be spearheading England's World Cup campaign in Japan and Korea this summer.

But Scottish champions Celtic remain his team of choice, he told Liquid News in an interview to be broadcast on Tuesday.

I could have played for England or Scotland
Michael Owen
"I've got a lot of relatives who all support Celtic, so I tend to follow them," he said.

"I've played against Celtic. What a fantastic atmosphere.

"I'd love to go back and play against them again.

"The stadium holds 50 or 60,000, which is probably the best atmosphere I've ever played in.

"The players there are lucky to be playing in front of such a fanatical following and they are producing the goods at the moment."

Michael Owen helps England defeat Scotland in the Euro 2000 qualifiers
Michael Owen could have been a Scot
Celtic are poised to retain their title, but Owen is unable to produce the goods for Liverpool at the moment as he is suffering from a hamstring strain.

He took time out to explain to Liquid News how he could have been part of Berti Vogts' rebuilding of the Scottish national side.

"My Dad's side of the family are all Scottish," he said.

"It's one of a couple of teams I could have played for.

"I could have played for England or Scotland. I chose England."

Liquid News is broadcast on BBC Choice at 2000GMT and again at 2400GMT.

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