Thursday December 20 2012
Happy Nedved respects Celtic

Pavel Nedved admits the Champions League draw went well for Juventus, but he has underlined his reverence for last 16 opponents Celtic.

“Celtic are a side to be respected,” the club official told Mediaset Premium. “I’ve played against them in the past and they have beaten Barcelona this season.

“They will be hard to face away from home. Saying that, it could have gone worse for us…”

Despite winning their group, the Old Lady could have been paired with Spanish giants Real Madrid this morning.

“We have a lot of players who had never played in the Champions League before,” added the former midfielder.

“This is all part of our growth and we have to give this Juventus side some time to do well in Europe, but they are all professionals.”

Juventus and Celtic have met four times in the past, with both clubs collecting two victories each.