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Wednesday, July 22, 1998 Published at 08:38 GMT 09:38 UK


Sport: Football

Venglos leads Celtic into Europe

Celtic last played in Europe's premier tournament in 1988

Dr Jozef Venglos is preparing Celtic for their Champions' League clash with Dublin's St Patrick's Athletic confident they can succeed where Aston Villa failed in adopting his European tactics.

The qualifying round first-leg tie at Parkhead on Wednesday will be his first match in charge of the Scottish champions since his arrival earlier this month.


[ image: Jozef Venglos: First match in charge of Celtic]
Jozef Venglos: First match in charge of Celtic
Venglos is confident for tie and believes that the changes in the British game since his ill-fated Villa Park spell in 1990/1 mean his players will adapt to his style with ease.

He said: "Aston Villa was eight years ago. I have no problems here with the players or the officials. These days the game is very different as many international coaches and players come to Scotland and England.

"Back in 1990, it was different and above all perhaps supporters had a different view of their game. But now British football is more international, there is more of a mixture of styles."

He added: "I have good players and intelligent players and I hope to continue the spirit and determination of last season."

It will be Celtic's first game in Europe's premier club competition since 1988, when they lost to Germany's Werder Bremen.

Cliftonville bemoans 'lottery'

The Irish League champions Cliftonville also play in the Champions' League against Slovakian club Kosice in Belfast.

But chairman Jim Boyce believes his side have lost out in the "lottery" of the Champions' League preliminary round.

He said: "Europe is becoming a lottery for clubs like ourselves meeting the low seeds. The Dublin teams struck it rich when they drew Rangers and Celtic, but that only happens once in a lifetime.

"But thanks to the Uefa guarantee, we will make a profit even if we don't progress further."

Barry arrive in Kiev

Welsh champions Barry Town play their Champions' League qualifying round match in the Ukraine against Dynamo Kiev.

A 30-strong squad has arrived in Kiev for a repeat of last year's fixture in the same competition, when the Ukrainian side won 6-0 on aggregate and went all the way to the quarter-finals.

Barry player-manager Gary Barnett said: "Kiev are the one side everyone wanted to avoid. They have world-class players and showed just how good they are by reaching the quarter-finals last year."

Rangers in Uefa Cup

Glasgow's Rangers are expected to field a much-changed line-up for their Uefa Cup first qualifying round tie against Shelbourne at Tranmere's Prenton Park after a £20m investment in six players.

However £5.5m record signing Andrei Kanchelskis will not be available.

The tie was moved away from Dublin after fears of sectarian trouble.

Tough tie for Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock have a daunting trip to Bosnia to begin their Uefa Cup campaign with a first qualifying tie against Zeljeznicar of Sarajevo.

Last year's Cup Winners' Cup campaign ended in disappointment in the second qualifying round, when Killie lost 3-1 to Nice in a frenzied Riviera atmosphere.

Now, as they anticipate a similarly intimidating welcome from fans nicknamed "The Maniacs", Kilmarnock defender Martin Baker admits playing in Europe came as a shock to the system.

He said: "I never expected it to be like that. There was a full house behind one goal throwing rockets and paper darts while we were warming up.

"It was hostile before the game even though it was a tremendous atmosphere once it started."

Manager Bobby Williamson will adopt a 'safety first' policy with a five-man back line against the Bosnians.

He said: "I am told their technical ability is on a par with the Croatians, and they have a lot of energetic young players. They are maybe a bit inexperienced but they are well organised and disciplined."

Also in the Uefa Cup preliminary round, Welsh prospects Newtown's play Wisla Krakow and Linfield, from the Irish League, play Omonia Nicosia.



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