IF Husref Musemic is as good a coach as he is an unpaid promoter for Tourism Scotland then Celtic might be in for some bother.

The man in charge of FK Sarajevo spent only a short time on loan at Hearts in early 1990, he played then for the team he now manages, and was won over by bonnie Caledonia.

Celtic and Scottish football are no mystery to the 58-year-old who now has the job of causing what would be one of the most celebrated upsets in Bosnian football history.

Musemic said: "Now when I remember my time in Scotland I am very happy that I have spent some time there. Before I came I did not know a lot about Scotland but very soon I realized that country is beautiful, even today Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been in.

 

READ MORE: Karl Robinson: Rangers are just like Liverpool - a way of life for their supporters

"My first game in Scotland was against Celtic in 1989. I mostly remember characteristics of league meaning that all players were fast, strong…there were no interruptions by referee.

"Back then it was not easy to go abroad like it is today. When I went to Scotland I did not know English. During the time spent there I learnt some basics.

"When I look back now I can say that I really have enjoyed my stay over there. Because of a large number of games I did not have a lot of free time, however, I did travel a lot because of away games.

"I have to say that from what I saw, country really is beautiful. I do not have any bad memories.

"I watch Celtic's match last year in Armenia. They played day before our match against Banants. They were excellent back then, what I saw is that they have changed players. In the next period we will gather as much as possible information about them."

Evening Times:

READ MORE: Jamie Mackie relishing Ibrox debut months after sampling electric Old Firm atmosphere

Sarajevo are, at this level, as tricky a team as Celtic could have drawn.

The Scottish champions over 180 minutes will prevail, but this first leg, as has been proven so many times in the past, is no formality.

Musemic said: "Behind my team and me is a historical season in which we won double champion titles in both domestic competitions for the first time in club history.

"I am very proud on whole team, every player and our atmosphere in locker room.

"In order to achieve good results we all needed to have one common goal, and in past season, we did have ups and downs, but in the end we managed to pull everything successfully.

"In our team currently we have symbiosis of older and younger players. We try to maximize number of players from our Academy.

"In past season we have had 12 players that spent on field more than 11,000 minutes. Young players have strength, and accompanied with experience of older team mates, showed us good results."