Strachan rues lack of height

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Celtic manager Gordon Strachan joked that injuries to three of his experienced target men mean he is looking for Snow White to lead his team out against Manchester United in their Champions League clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The Hoops travelled south without Georgios Samaras, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Chris Killen while midfielder Marc Crosas is also sidelined with a hamstring injury picked up in the 2-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.

Strachan is left with 19-year-old rookie Cillian Sheridan as a possible partner for the diminutive Scott McDonald and, when asked about the lack of height in his side, Strachan retorted: "We're actually thinking that Snow White can lead them out. And I'm being serious."

He added: "United have got (Darren) Fletcher, who's a big guy, they've got (Dimitar) Berbatov, who's a big guy, they've got (Cristiano) Ronaldo, who can leap and you've got John O'Shea.

"I can't remember the last time Cillian played 90 minutes - it wasn't in the first team.

"You need to watch that you don't set a young player back two or three years if they have a horrible experience.

"We'll decide whether he can do it or not but the game is not that important to do that to a player. Also, he's had a difficult time with injuries."

Strachan added: "We will try to win the match, that's for sure. But whether we have a full set of weapons such as we had against Villarreal is another matter.

"I don't think we have that luxury in terms of the players available for this game.

"It could be worse - we might not have won the league last year and not have been sitting here talking about this game. But we're here, so let's go and have a go at it."

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