The New Saints missed out on a glamour tie with Scottish giants Celtic, after being drawn against Polish outfit, Legia Warsaw, in the secondqualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.
The Oswestry side had a one in six chance of meeting the Scots after being placed in Group 2, but that dream draw went to Cliftonville from Northern Ireland.
The players gathered to watch the draw before training and were all hoping to be matched up with Celtic. However, despite being so close to the dream tie, a match with the Polish Champions will still be a big game and will most certainly be a very stern test.
Craig Harrison confirmed that although the match will be very hard, it is not impossible, ‘Legia Warsaw are a huge club with a huge following and it is going to be a very tough game. However, we have a very good squad and hopefully we will have learned a lot from last season when we gave a good performance against Helsingborgs. We have to make sure that we keep ourselves in the tie in the first leg.’
Harrison was also pleased that his side will be playing at home in the first leg, ‘I am happy with the draw and we now have the chance to set our stall out in the first leg and then we know what we have to do when we go to Poland. The lads now know who we have got and we can really focus on the challenge.’
The Director of Football at The Saints has guided his side to the last two league titles and despite wanting to face Celtic, the match against the Poles will still be a massive game for the club, ‘ We were so close to getting Celtic but it was not to be.’