Lionel Messi: Celtic make it a 'beautiful' group

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The world's best player welcomes the additions of Celtic, AC Milan and Ajax into Group H of the Champions League.

Three-time Champions League winner Lionel Messi is delighted that he will once again line-up for Barcelona against Scottish Premier League giants Celtic.

While Hoops boss Neil Lennon sunk his head into his hands having witnessed his team draw three of European footballs most successful clubs — Barca, AC Milan and Ajax — in Monaco yesterday, the 42-year-old later admitted that it was the 'best and the worst' that he could have hoped for.

Celtic entertain Barcelona at Parkhead on Tuesday, October 1 and will be looking to score a repeat of their November 2012 triumph over the La Liga kings as goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt were enough to halt a late Blaugrana comeback inspired by Messi himself.

'You don't get any easy groups in the Champions League,' Leo is quoted to have said upon hearing Thursday's announcement.

'It looks an even group and there are some very nice games. We played Celtic last season and know AC Milan very well and Ajax have a great history.

'It's a beautiful group and I'm looking forward to some great games in the competition.'

Messi may be a formidable player to attempt to defend — particularly when considering his record of not only winning four consecutive European Cup top scorer awards but combining that with the most goals ever scored in a European Cup season (14) — but Celtic will perhaps be buoyed by their result against Barcelona last season and their UEFA Cup second round 1-0 victory over them in 2004.

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