SARAJEVO manager Vinko Marinovic has said that ‘anything and everything is possible’ as Celtic face the Bosnian side in the Europa League play-off. The Scottish Champions will face the Champions of Bosnia with a place in the group stages at stake. As reported by the Scottish Sun, Marinovic said that this is a great opportunity for the Bosnian side to win and progress.
“This is a chance that comes along once in a generation.
“There was a massive amount at stake against Buducnost and I thought we showed some nerves, but the important thing is we managed to get through it. After so many years, we finally have a chance to make history.
“I didn’t even know we were playing Celtic in the next round until after the game. I never looked at it. I was only interested in this match.
“Celtic are a team that has a very special history and we are playing the team and the famous name. We will respect them to the maximum and I can assure you I will spend every minute preparing for the game now.
“It’s a one-off tie and anything and everything is possible.”
Celtic edged past Latvian side Riga last night as a late Moi Elyounoussi goal saved Neil Lennon’s side from the dreaded task of extra time or penalties. Celtic faced Sarajevo in the First Round of the Champions League last season with a 5-2 aggregate win for the Parkhead side.
It will be a tricky tie and the manager of the Bosnian outfit is keen for his side to make history by knocking Celtic out of the competition. Whilst the Champions League play-off round is a two-legged affair, Celtic will face a one-off tie in the Bosnian capital. The Celtic hierarchy will likely be keeping an eye on the score at Ibrox as well, there are a couple of strategic reasons why a Rangers win over Galatasaray – the coefficient would take a jump with a Scottish side winning over a Turkish team. As well as this, it would mean that Rangers matched Celtic in terms of fixtures, meaning their players would be competing on a number of fronts as well.