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Confident Celtic draw on experience

Published: Tuesday 4 December 2007, 21.00CET
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink believes Celtic FC's exit at the hands of AC Milan in the last 16 last season will help the side get the point that they require tonight.
by Alex O'Henley
from Glasgow

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Published: Tuesday 4 December 2007, 21.00CET

Confident Celtic draw on experience

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink believes Celtic FC's exit at the hands of AC Milan in the last 16 last season will help the side get the point that they require tonight.

Celtic FC striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink believes his side's narrow UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of AC Milan in the last 16 last season will help them get the point required against the Rossoneri to reach the latter stages this time around.

Drawing hope
The Scottish champions had kept Milan scoreless at San Siro in March before succumbing to an extra-time winner from Kaká, and the Netherlands totem would happily settle for the same outcome after 90 minutes in tomorrow's Group D fixture. "We would sign for a draw before the game but it's going to be a very difficult match," Vennegoor of Hesselink told uefa.com. "Milan have already qualified but if we win we would top the group, so they will still want to get a result to guarantee top spot. They are a very experienced team and at San Siro they will be looking to win or get a draw at least. If we can get a draw it would be perfect, and we know how to play them because of last year. I hope it's the same scenario at the end of 90 minutes."

'Confidence'
With a first knockout round berth secured, Milan will travel to Tokyo immediately after the Celtic tie for the FIFA Club World Cup, but despite their hectic schedule Vennegoor of Hesselink refuses to think Carlo Ancelotti's team will be anything but their usual competitive selves. "As a footballer you want to win every game," said the 29-year-old, whose second-placed side will go through win or lose if FC Shakhtar Donetsk – three points behind them – fail to beat SL Benfica. "If Milan rest players, you can be sure others will come in who will want to show they are worthy of a place and can also be dangerous, especially when you consider the kind of quality Milan have in reserve. We have to find the confidence to play a good game, stop Milan scoring and maybe score one ourselves."

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