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  Thursday, 14 November, 2002, 22:37 GMT
Celtic revel in Rovers victory
Rab Douglas and Neil Lennon celebrate the win
Rab Douglas and Neil Lennon celebrate the win


Celtic manager Martin O'Neill admitted he was delighted that his players finally produced a performance he knew they were capable of to progress to the third round of the Uefa Cup.

The Celtic boss acknowledged that his side had let themselves down two weeks ago despite beating Blackburn 1-0 at Celtic Park.

But at Ewood Park, O'Neill's men were on top throughout, to leave the critics in no doubt that they could live with the best of them in the English Premiership.

"We played very well. We obviously thought we could do better than two weeks ago," O'Neill told BBC Scotland.

"That wasn't the Celtic we know and we knew we could play better this time, we knew we could score.

"We did that and we deserved to win."

O'Neill agreed that the win gave him as much satisfaction as any of the results Celtic had achieved in Europe during his tenure.

"Because of all the talk about whether Celtic would be able to play in the Premiership, all the pressure was on us," he added.

"They showed their mettle there tonight."


Their back three were outstanding and Chris Sutton was the best player on the pitch
Graeme Souness
Blackburn boss
Celtic's goalscorers were quietly thrilled by the way the victory was achieved.

Henrik Larsson admitted Celtic had played poorly in the first leg, but added: "There were a lot of comments from Blackburn players after that game and this should teach them a lesson - never comment until the game is finished."

Chris Sutton echoed Larsson's sentiments.

"We were disappointed after the first leg and knew it would be difficult tonight," said the former Blackburn man.

"But Henrik's goal set us going and we played well from there - in the end it was a good performance from us."

Larsson celebrates his goal with Didier Agathe
Larsson celebrates his goal with Didier Agathe
Blackburn boss Graeme Souness admitted Celtic were the better side on the night, and singled out man of the match Sutton for his contribution.

"I thought Celtic played very well. It was a different game to the first one," said Souness.

"The first goal changes everything and if we had got the first goal it would have been a different game.

"I felt it was hard on us - that's football. For their part they played like a proper European team.

"Their back three were outstanding and I thought Chris Sutton was the best player on the pitch, so all credit to them."

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Celtic boss Martin O'Neill
"We were determined to prove a point and we did"
Celtic man-of-the-match Chris Sutton
"Henrik's early goal settled us down"
Blackburn boss Graeme Souness
"The first goal changes everything"
 VOTE RESULTS
Where would Celtic finish in Premiership?

Top six
 38.88% 

Mid-table
 45.29% 

Bottom half
 15.82% 

22199 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

Second round, 2nd leg

Second round, 1st leg

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