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By ESPN Staff
Nov 1, 2006

In-form Miller not the only threat to Benfica - Strachan

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan insists in-form striker Kenny Miller should not be solely tasked with the job of beating Benfica in the Estadio da Luz tonight.

The Hoops take on the Portuguese side in Lisbon knowing a win would almost certainly put them through to the knockout stages of the tournament and much of their hopes centre on the on the former Rangers and Wolves forward.

Miller scored a double in the 3-0 win against Benfica at Parkhead in their Group F clash a fortnight ago and came on against Kilmarnock on Sunday to notch the winner in the 2-1 Bank of Scotland Premier League win at Rugby Park.

The signs are the Scotland international will play a lone-striker's role similar to the one he often deploys away from Hampden Park for Scots' coach Walter Smith.

But Strachan insists there should not be too much of a burden put on the man he brought from Molineux in the summer.

He said: 'Kenny has been around for a few years and I knew what he could add to the team but his performances for Scotland of late have been a bonus to us.

'He can put in that type of performance so it might come in handy.

'But it's unfair that you should concentrate on Kenny. There will be a lot of people that I'm going to ask for a performance from.

'I can understand where you are coming from but if Kenny plays well, and the others don't, then Kenny will run about like a headless chicken.

'You are needing eight or nine good performances and sometimes your most important player on the day can be your worst player, it's about what standard he drops to.

'It's not about the one at the top of their form, it's the one that's not playing at their best.'

The Glasgow side have not won away from home in the group stages of the Champions League and lost 3-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in their first Group F game this season.

Strachan played down any notions of a hoodoo or jinxes and insists he will send out a team that will go for the win.

He said: 'I'm not really worried about the record, it's just 90 minutes.

'We have played teams like Bayern Munich, Juventus and Lyon - that's not a jinx, they are very good teams.

'That's what you are up against at this level.

'We have to pass the ball better than we did against Manchester United, we have to have the same attitude but technically we have to be a bit better.

'We are not used to practicing defending. We are not used to saying `It's okay, we can sit here for a while and go on the counter-attack'.

'We are not allowed to do that, But whatever style we play, we will obviously have to think a wee bit more about how we attack.'