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Mulgrew keen to take chance

Charlie Mulgrew has urged Celtic to take their second chance at Champions League football this season.

The club's stand-in captain says Celtic have to shrug off any embarrassment at being reprieved after they were knocked out 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw, who were then excluded from the competition for using an ineligible player.

Ronny Deila's side were duly awarded a default 3-0 win and progressed on away goals and will meet Maribor in the first-leg of their play-off in Slovenia next week.

Legia's appeal against UEFA's decision was rejected on Thursday, although the Poles have already confirmed they will take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Mulgrew said: "We are grateful to get another chance.

"It was disappointing how the two games (against Legia) went but rules are rules and we are happy to be back involved.

"Maybe there is a wee bit (of embarrassment) but what can you do?

"You have to quickly get over that and get on with it. You can't feel sorry for yourselves and be embarrassed at getting through.

"It is not the way we wanted to get through but we have to get on with it. We will definitely be up for it and determined to put up a much better show.

"I understand their disappointment. We would have been absolutely devastated had the shoe been on the other foot.

"We are in a bit of an awkward position, there is nothing we can do about it. It is not our fault."