CELTIC boss Neil Lennon wants Alessandro del Piero to lead Celtic's Champions League campaign after the Bhoys shrugged aside Helsingborgs to make it into the draw for the group stage.
But Lennon is likely to fail in his bid to sign Richard Dunne, who remains Tony Pulis's top target before the transfer window slams shut.
Del Piero has been released by the Serie A champions Juventus, but believes that he still has a season left at the highest level and doesn't want to play for another Italian side, opening a glimmer of light for Lennon's ambitious plan.
Celtic beat Helsingborgs 2-0 for a comfortable 4-0 aggregate win and Lennon has already hailed the achievement as the highlight of his career.
"That's the best, I've been to hell and back the last six or seven weeks," Lennon admitted.
"Just trying to get things right for this. It's a great night for me personally, it's a great night for the club.
"But, for me and for the players, it's a miracle qualifying. The squad is so thin but we have a great core of players and it's a big night for everyone associated with the club. I'm very, very proud of them."
Former Ireland international Daryl Murphy - who is expected to move to Ipswich Town before the transfer window closes - was on the bench for Celtic last night.