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Lionel Messi seeking Celtic revenge

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi cannot wait to return to Celtic Park in the Champions League next month, after the two sides were paired together in Europe's top competition.

Neil Lennon's side play host to the Catalan giants on October 1, with revenge very much the order of the day for Messi.

The reigning La Liga champions lost 2-1 in Glasgow last November, and Gerardo Martino's side will want to right the wrongs from that defeat in the forthcoming group match.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Messi said: "I'm very excited to play at Celtic again in the group stages.

"Of course the last time we played in Scotland it was not a good result for us, but next time we will be looking to win."

Celtic face an uphill struggle to qualify from the group, having been pitted against the likes of AC Milan and Ajax, and Messi admits he's taking nothing for granted as Barca look to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.

"It's the most competitive group and we know we can't take nothing for granted."

European nights can be pretty special at Celtic Park, with the Bhoys' fans renowned for creating an intimidating atmosphere. And Messi believes there is no better atmosphere in world football.

"I've been fortunate to play in some great stadiums in Europe with Barcelona but none compare to Celtic," said Messi.

"The atmosphere their fans create make it a very special European night of football.

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