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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 August, 2003, 22:24 GMT 23:24 UK
O'Neill seeks new faces
Chris Sutton and Henrik Larsson were on target in Budapest
Celtic boss Martin O'Neill saw his side take a giant stride towards the group stages of the Champions League in Budapest - then admitted he is searching for new players.

O'Neill's men easily disposed of MTK Hungaria in the first leg of the final qualifier, with Henrik Larsson, Didier Agathe, Stilian Petrov and Chris Sutton netting in the 4-0 win.

And with his side all but assured of their place in the money-spinning league phase of the tournament, O'Neill would like to strengthen his hand against Europe's top sides.

"I think if we are going into what is effectively the best football competition in the world then we would like, if possible, to add quality to the team," said O'Neill.

I did not expect to score four goals
Martin O'Neill
Celtic manager

"I am not going to go into what players or what positions but it is something we would like to do.

"We are in a very strong position for the Champions League and we still have a couple of weeks left."

Celtic announced disappointing financial figures just a few hours before the convincing win in Hungary.

But they made 10m from last season's Uefa Cup run and will hope to make a similar amount from this term's European adventure.

O'Neill went on to express his surprise at the ease with which Celtic disposed of MTK on foreign soil.

"I am sure they are disappointed with themselves and I did not expect to score four goals," O'Neill continued.

"I wanted the tie still to be alive for the game at Parkhead and, if pushed, I would have said I was willing to settle for a score draw or even not getting beat beforehand - this is obviously even better than we had hoped."

MTK coach Sandor Egervari admits his side's Champions League hopes are now dead - even though they still have the trip to Glasgow.

He said: "Our dreams were ruined. We always knew there was a big gap between Celtic and ourselves but we hoped to make that smaller on the pitch but they were too strong.

"We made mistakes and Celtic did not allow us the create the same chances they did."

Celtic boss Martin O'Neill
"We've got a great chance now, obviously"


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