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Champions League: Celtic face Barcelona, AC Milan

James Forrest celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Skakhter Karagandy last night. Picture: Getty

James Forrest celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Skakhter Karagandy last night. Picture: Getty

  • by DUNCAN SMITH
 

CELTIC will face a rematch with Barcelona after being drawn in a fiendishly difficult group in this season’s Champions League.

The Scottish champions were last night drawn in Group H, which as well as the Catalan giants, also includes AC Milan and Ajax.

Celtic made it through to the lucrative group stages in dramatic style by overturning a 2-0 first leg deficit against Kazakh side Shakhter Karagandy on Wednesday night - James Forrest netting an injury-time winner for a 3-0 second leg win.

With the final being held in Lisbon for the first time since 1967, when Celtic beat Inter Milan 2-1 to become the first British champions of Europe, Billy McNeill was a special guest. He brought out the European Cup and drew the first seeds.

This is the eighth time that Celtic have contested the Champions League group stage. They have progressed to the knockout stages on three occasions, losing to AC Milan in 2007, Barcelona in 2008 and Juventus earlier this year after a thrilling campaign in which they registered their first away group win, 3-2 at Spartak Moscow, and famously beat Barcelona at Parkhead.

GROUP A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad

GROUP B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, Copenhagen

GROUP C: Benfica, PSG, Olympiakos, Anderlecht

GROUP D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, V Plzen

GROUP E: Chelsea, Schalke, Basel, Steaua Bucharest

GROUP F: Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli

GROUP G: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg, Austria Vienna

GROUP H: Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic

 

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