Celtic manager Ronny Deila dreaming of Champions League

Celtic drew 1-1 in Slovenia last week
Callum McGregor (right) scored as Celtic drew 1-1 in Slovenia last week
Champions League play-off, second-leg - Celtic v Maribor
Venue: Celtic Park Date: Tuesday, 26 August Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Scotland, live text on BBC Sport website

Reaching the Champions League group stage would be "like Christmas and New Year at the same time", according to Celtic manager Ronny Deila.

Celtic earned a 1-1 first-leg draw with Maribor in Slovenia last week.

"It's a dream to play in the Champions League," said Deila, ahead of Tuesday's return match in Glasgow.

"It is the biggest tournament, the highest level in football. It is going to be a huge game. I feel ready and the team is ready as well."

Celtic had several chances to add to their tally after taking the lead in the first leg, but Maribor also created chances in an open game.

"Maribor played very tactically at home and they will do the same here," said Deila, who never progressed beyond Europa League qualifying with former club Stromsgodset.

"They were very easy to read but very hard to stop because they are very good on the counter-attack.

"We have to press together and we have to be compact. We want to attack and be offensive but in a clever way."

Maribor have been beaten at this stage of the tournament in the last two years
Maribor have been beaten at this stage of the tournament in the last two years

Deila rested 10 of the players who started in the first leg for Saturday's 1-0 league defeat at Inverness and he is determined to make the most of Celtic's remarkable European reprieve.

Legia Warsaw crushed Celtic 6-1 on aggregate in previous qualifying round but the Scottish champions were reinstated because the Poles fielded a suspended player in the last few minutes of the second leg.

"I'm excited for the game now," he added. "I'm looking forward to it.

"We have everything win, we get a new chance to get in to the Champions League and we have to do everything we can to use that chance well."

Celtic's home support can often be a key influence on big occasions such as Champions League matches and Deila insisted it was important for the crowd to get behind the players.

"I'm looking forward to the game and a full stadium, an unbelievable atmosphere," said Deila. "We will do everything we can to make that atmosphere even better.

"It's important to start well and get the crowd with you, and show we are offensive in our heads."

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