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Strachan aims for away win

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Celtic manager Gordon Strachan will focus only on achieving the club's first away win in the Champions League when they play Aalborg on Tuesday - and forget the favour needed from Manchester United at Villarreal.

Ahead of the Group E clash against the Danish club at the Energi Nord Arena, the Hoops boss was reminded once again that Celtic have taken just one point from a possible 51 in their Champions League group phase matches away from Parkhead.

"We will just get through the game and see what happens," the Celtic boss said. "It's a game in which Aalborg can get a home win and Celtic can get an away win. Both are capable of winning."

The Scottish champions will be bounced out of the competition if they fail to win against Aalborg who are tied with Celtic on two points at the bottom of the table.

However, even an historic away victory is no guarantee of a last-16 spot for the third year in succession.

United have to win at Villarreal in Spain in the other Group E clash that night, which would then leave the Hoops looking for a win over the Spanish club at Parkhead on match day six.

Strachan, however, will not be keeping one eye on the result in Villarreal.

He added: "You are talking to a man who didn't realise we had qualified for the last 16 (two seasons ago) when we beat Manchester United, so I think that says it all.

"I watched the tape of Aalborg against Villarreal, they gave them a good game and they are a very good side who are playing well at the moment.

"We try and attack everywhere we go so it will be no different and we will play the game as we see it."

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