Strachan wary of Milan threat
By Pete Allison
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gordon Strachan has highlighted the amount of quality that Milan have in their ranks.
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has highlighted the danger that Milan pose as his side prepare for their Uefa Champions League clash on Tuesday.
The Parkhead outfit have progressed to a club record stage in this year's competition, but Strachan is wary of the threat that the Serie A side possess.
"Milan are a very good side," he said.
"They are full of experience and you would need another plane to carry their winners' medals if they wanted to bring them.
"I'd love to see just how many Champions League games that lot have played between them.
"They seem to be comfortable on this stage and we have to get to the stage where we are comfortable playing so regularly as well, but we have to the domestic league game first."
Meanwhile, Celtic striker Craig Beattie has admitted that his side's clash with the former Champions of Europe is unlikely to be as dramatic as his European debut in 2004, in a game where his side earnt a superb 1-0 win over Spanish giants Barcelona in the Uefa Cup.
Despite being replaced with substitute goalkeeper David Marshall at half-time after Rab Douglas was red carded, Beattie has hailed the tie as a "great game".
"I definitely didn't have an awful lot of experience, I hadn't even started in the league before that match," he said.
"I was young at the time and [then manager] Martin O'Neill said, 'there you go, you're in'.
"It was a massive game, but I had to come off at half-time because big Rab stiffened someone in the tunnel.
"I was first in the dressing room and didn't know what had happened but the big man had been sent off and I knew what was coming.
"I looked at Stephen Pearson and, unfortunately, he was having an absolute stormer that night so the manager only had one choice.
"We won so it was a great night and it was a great night in Barcelona as well.
"I'm sure there are more to come."