Legia striving to be like Hoops

  • Last Updated: July 29 2014, 20:28 BST

Legia Warsaw manager Henning Berg claimed to be envious of Celtic ahead of their Champions League third qualifying clash in Poland on Wednesday night.

Miroslav Radovic of Legia Warsaw
Miroslav Radovic of Legia Warsaw

Berg, who played for the Parkhead side's traditional rivals Rangers a decade ago, will come up against fellow Norwegian Ronny Deila who is looking to take the Scottish champions into the group stages of the competition.

Speaking before his side went out to train in the Pepsi Arena, Berg outlined what he believes to be the differences between the two clubs, while insisting his side have a chance to take a lead to Scotland for next week's return game at Murrayfield.

"Celtic are a

little bit further ahead of us as a club," he said. "We would like to be in Celtic's position and that is something we strive to do.

"Be able to compete in Europe every year and sell players for the money they sell players, and buy players for the money they buy players.

"That is our goal.

"We are not there yet and tomorrow will be a big, big test but a good test and I am sure everyone here is looking forward to this game.

"In any game we feel we have a chance and we know at our best we are a good football team."

The former Manchester United and Norway defender compared Deila's side favourably with the Hoops side he came up against and which finished 17 points ahead of the Ibrox side in the season Berg had in Glasgow.

He said: "They had Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton, some top experienced strikers, and maybe this team in the offensive side is much younger.

"It is a little different type of team but (who are) still winning the league by 15 to 20 points, playing in Europe in the last few years, and beating Barcelona a few years ago.

"So it is two different teams but I think this is a good football team compared to other Celtic teams through history.

"We know it will be a tough game and a test for us."

Berg is well aware of the Hoops' new loan signing, Jo Inge Berget, the Norwegian international who completed a six-month loan deal from Cardiff City on Monday and went straight into Deila's squad.

"I had him at Lyn," he said. "We actually sold him to Udinese when he was 18. So I have worked with him and I know he is a talented, good player.

"He has had a few injury problems but he has been fit for a long time and did well to win the championship with Molde before he got sold to Cardiff last year.

"He has not been able to play there but he is at Celtic now and I am sure he will fit in there, Ronny Deila had him at Stromsgodset as well."