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Strachan thrilled by Barca tie

sports Updated: Dec 21, 2007 22:30 IST

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Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is relishing the chance to pit his wits against Barcelona after being handed a Champions League last 16 clash against the Spanish giants.

The Scottish champions, who host Barca on February 20 and travel to the Nou Camp a fortnight later, will be underdogs against one of Europe's most formidable attacking teams but Strachan can't wait.

"It's fantastic to think that we are in the last 16. We might be outsiders at 100-1 or whatever but just to be there is fantastic," Strachan said.

"Although we say that, we want to beat them, we really want to beat them and that is realistic, it can be done.

"We've shown that, when we are at our best, we can beat anybody.

"We know about our away form and we will try and rectify that but as long as you give it a good shot in the home game, you never know what can happen after that."

Strachan revealed he had to stop training on Friday to tell his players the news.

"The guys were getting a bit edgy at training when the news was filtering through to one or two of them," Strachan said. "So we stopped training and let everyone know to save any distraction.

"Once we told the players, they were excited and training was good.

"We wanted something different. Most of us have never locked horns with Barcelona in a a competitive match so it's a good draw."