Jamie Harris is relishing the prospect of doing battle with former Liverpool hitman Andriy Voronin when St Pat’s put their European credentials to the ultimate test again Hertha Berlin on Tuesday night.
The self-confessed Liverpool fan is no stranger to European glory with an eircom League side, having tasted success with Shelbourne when they came so close to qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League in 2002.
Pat’s have forged a formidable reputation in the UEFA Cup already this year after knocking out JFK Olimps and Swedish outfit Elfsborg and a win over the Bundesliga outfit would eclipse the feat Harris achieved with his former club.
Centre-half Harris faces the onerous task of marking Ukrainian striker Voronin, but is confident that he and his Pat’s team-mates will raise their game in the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night.
“Me being a Liverpool fan, along with a lot of the lads, it’s certainly something we can really relish when we come up against Voronin,” said Wales native Harris.
“It will whet our appetite to play someone of that calibre.
“But you have to look at their stadium, their players and their wage bill to know what they’re about.
“That they can sign someone like Voronin speaks volumes. He was a Premiership player – he probably didn’t crack it at Liverpool the way he would have liked, but he did look good in the odd game. He’s still world class and our defence will have to watch him closely,” Harris told the News of the World.
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