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Vennegor of Hesselink: Celtic Euro hopes now in our hands

"We have six points which is good when you look at the rest of the group," he said. "We got the result that we knew we needed to get against Benfica and we know that everything is in our own hands, which is always how you want it to be be.

"We would have taken this position at the start of the tournament, so we have to be pleased with it, but we also have to remember that there are two hard games still to go and we really want to get through to the next stage again.

"We have given ourselves a chance and it's a good result because it means that we go into the next game knowing that we have it in our hands to get through and we have a great record here at Celtic Park.

"We had a hard game when we played against Shakhtar and they will come here to fight for everything. It won't be easy for us and although we have had some great results on our own ground, that doesn't mean anything when you go into a game, because anything can happen.

"But we have given ourselves a good chance and it's up to us now whether or not we can take it."

Meanwhile, Vennegoor was keen to join in the chorus of praise directed towards matchwinner Aiden McGeady.

"He was very good," he said. "He is still a young player but can be a great player and he has shown some really great stuff over the last few weeks. He has really started to show what he is capable of and it is good to see.

"I knew of Aiden before I came to Celtic and I knew that he was a very tricky player who was difficult to handle, but he is getting better all the time. He always has two or three players around him which can sometimes help the team out in other ways by freeing up some space, but he has really started to show what he can do in the past few weeks.

"He has a great attitude but he is still young and playing in the Champions League will help him get better as a player and keep improving.

"In years to come the idea of playing in Holland or somewhere else might appeal to him, but just now I think he is loving playing for Celtic because he has been here since he was just a kid.

"He is as good as any player I've seen at that age, but he has the right attitude and can get even better if he continues to approach the game in the same way."

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