Celtic look to defy history
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Celtic assistant manager Peter Grant believes his side can make history by claiming a victory in Russia on Wednesday against Dynamo Moscow in the return leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifying match.

The Hoops slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Parkhead last week as Tony Mowbray's first game in charge ended in disaster with Celtic now in danger of crashing out of the competition. Celtic will need to rewrite the history books if they are to keep their Champions League ambitions alive with the Old Firm giants having never before overturned a first leg deficit in European competition.

Grant, who left West Bromwich Albion to join Mowbray at Parkhead, knows Alexander Korobin's vital away goal has given the Hoops a mountain to climb in Moscow. But the former Celtic player says his side showed enough in the first leg for him to believe they have a realistic chance of progressing.

The fact is that we did create a lot of openings (in the first leg) and that has to give us hope,
Celtic assistant manager Peter Grant.

"I don't think we should be going there with any fear because we showed that we had enough to compete with Dynamo Moscow," Grant said. "I know it is easy to say that if we had taken our chances we would have won the game by a decent margin, but the fact is that we did create a lot of openings and that has to give us hope.

"I think Dynamo are an excellent side, there is no doubt about that. They have great pace and they are capable of hitting on the break and their two wide players are always dangerous. There is no getting away from that but we know what we have to do. There is nothing on our minds other than going there and getting the win."

Dynamo will be even stronger for the game in Moscow with captain Dmitri Khokhlov, who was suspended for the first leg, returning. But Grant believes the secret for Wednesday is for Celtic to take their chances when they come.

"They have the luxury of bringing their captain back for this one and they will be even stronger than at Celtic Park," Grant said. "So I don't think we are kidding anyone when we say we know it is going to be tough.

"I was really disappointed with the manner in which we lost the goal because it was sloppy. We had chances and should have scored them and the bottom line is that the chances we created but missed were bad misses.

When you are playing sides that are strong, as Dynamo Moscow are, you won't get many chances so it is imperative that you take them,
Celtic assistant manager Peter Grant.

"In the Champions League, and at the highest level of football you have to take your chances. When you are playing sides that are strong, as Dynamo Moscow are, you won't get many chances so it is imperative that you take them."

Celtic could be boosted by the return of last season's player of the year Scott Brown. The midfield maestro, who missed last week's first leg as he recovered from ankle surgery, made a return to the line-up for the friendly defeat to English Premiership side Sunderland.

Celtic's management team will continue to monitor the Scotland star's fitness but Mowbray is cautious not to rush Brown back before he is ready. "I know Scott had a great season last year," said Mowbray.

"But I don't feel a great urgency to think that our game on Wednesday is down to whether Scott is fit or not." Fellow midfielder Barry Robson will miss the must win tie due to injury.