Lassad relishing new challenge

  • Last Updated: September 7 2012, 8:35 BST

Celtic new boy Lassad Nouioui denied the prospect of playing in the Champions League was the main reason for joining the Parkhead club.

Nouioui: Looking forward to the Champions League

The Tunisia striker left Deportivo La Coruna at the end of the season and snubbed the opportunity to stay in Spain to play for Levante, instead opting for a move to Glasgow.

Neil Lennon's side were drawn against Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow in Group G but Lassad, who signed a two-year deal with Celtic at the weekend, cited the possibility of winning "trophies and medals" among other reasons for his decision to move to Scotland.

"Not specifically for the Champions League," the 26-year-old said, when asked if that was the biggest attraction when it came to choosing the Scottish champions.

"Of course it is interesting and attractive to play in the Champions League but that was not the main thing.

"The main thing was to move to a different country and try a different league and also to play for Celtic, which is a big challenge with a big club.

"Part of being a professional footballer is to adapt to different styles.

"The type of football played in La Liga is different to the type played here, of course, but I am convinced I will be able to adapt."

The Tunisia player admits he spent most of his time chasing the ball when he played in the Nou Camp for Deportivo La Coruna, but believes the Hoops do have a chance when they go there to face Barca in the Champions League.

Speaking through an interpreter at Parkhead yesterday, Lassad, was asked, with a view to assessing Celtic's Nou Camp prospects, if he had enjoyed any success in the Catalan capital.

"No," he laughed. "Obviously not. In the last three or four years there hasn't been many teams who have actually won, apart from Real Madrid - but it is not impossible.

"Everybody knows Barcelona is one of the top clubs in Europe but I do think we have a chance. It is possible to do something.

"It is extremely difficult to play against them because basically you spend most of the game chasing the ball. You run, run, run so it is very tiring.

"Playing against Barcelona has to be a good memory, whatever happens, but it is difficult, no doubt about it."