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Long term goals may mean Celtic forgo CL success

Celtic assistant manager Mark Venus will sacrifice Champions League football this season in order to build a squad of the right players. He said: "Obviously we have lost a couple of players and we will be trying to bring players in.

"Who they are and where they are, I don't know.

"Personally, and this is me speaking, I don't care how long it takes to bring people into this football club.

"If we have to miss the Champions League qualifier, the bottom line is, I'd like to think we will manage this football club for a lot of years and I'd like to think the players we are going to bring to this club are going to stay with us for a couple of years.

"So I would not want to panic into bringing in a footballer to do a job on the 27th of July when I might regret bringing him in for the next four years.

"We have to bring in the players who we think are right."

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