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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 January 2007, 17:50 GMT
Beattie fired up for Milan chance
Craig Beattie
Craig Beattie is relishing the prospect of facing AC Milan
Striker Craig Beattie has his sights set on steering Celtic to victory over AC Milan in the Champions League.

Beattie, 23, has forced his way into the first-team after a long-term injury and aims to stay there.

"Everyone who is here wants to play in that game and help the club go further in the Champions League," Beattie told the Celtic View.

"I just hope that I can do enough in the coming weeks to stake my claim and I am desperate to be involved."

Celtic have progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in the club's history.

The SPL champions enjoy a 17-point lead over Rangers in the league and Beattie said the upcoming European games were keeping the players on their toes.

"That in itself is pushing people to pick their performances up and work that bit harder to try to get in the team for that game," said Beattie.

You want to go and test yourself at a different level, against players of the quality of Kaka, Cafu and Paolo Maldini

Craig Beattie

"You could say that it's working hand in hand with our league performances and I think it's a benefit to be perfectly honest.

"You want to go and test yourself at a different level, against players of the quality of Kaka, Cafu and Paolo Maldini and I just can't wait for it."

Beattie has yet to score in the SPL this season, but said he was relieved to be back in the side after 18 months on the sidelines.

Celtic will be at home for the first leg on 20 February, while they visit the San Siro on 7 March.

The teams met in the tournament group stage two seasons ago, with Celtic losing 3-1 in Italy and being held to a 0-0 draw in Glasgow.



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