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The Hoops' coach believes the gap between the two sides is a lot less than many would think...

Celtic assistant manager Mark Venus is not underestimating Arsenal, against whom the Bhoys were matched in today's draw for the play-off for the Champions League, but he feels that the perceived gulf in class between the Scottish side and the Londoners is not as wide as many observers would think.

"I don't believe they're miles and miles away from us," he told Sky Sports News earlier.

"I believe they've got some good talented footballers, and they've got a lot of investment going in there. I think they're a decent team."

Celtic overturned a 1-0 goal deficit in Moscow on Wednesday night, beating Dinamo Moscow 2-0 in the second leg of their qualifying round tie, playing with positivity and skill to record a victory which few predicted.

Hoops fans would point to their team's superb home record in the Champions League as a cause for optimism, with the Bhoys having won nine, drawn four and lost just two of their previous home games in the continent's premier club competition.

Zack Wilson, Goal.com



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