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Lennon – It doesn’t get much bigger than Lazio

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon feels like the Europa League fixture against Lazio is worthy of a Champions League game.

Lennon is enjoying his second spell as manager of the Hoops.

After taking over from Brendan Rodgers, who left for Leicester, he led them to the Scottish Premier League title, and Champions League qualification.

Scottish teams must play in the qualifying rounds.

Celtic was eliminated from the Champions League, after being knocked out by Europa League opponents CFR Cluj in the third round qualifiers.

This season, they have started brightly domestically, sitting at the top of the league equal on points with arch-rivals Glasgow Rangers.

In the Europa League, they are top of Group E, with four points.

Lazio is thought to be one of their biggest threats in the group.

Lennon is thrilled with the stature of the opposition and believes that it will make for a great night of football.

Speaking to at the pre-game press conference, reported by official club website celticfc.net he believes that games don’t really get much bigger.

He said:

“We’re very excited and it’s a great game for all the fans and players.”

“It’s almost like a Champions League game really with the size of the two clubs and the prestige that the two teams have.”

“We’re very much looking forward to it and it’s a great game for our players to gain more vital European experience.”

“The anticipation is building for this game and it’s hopefully going to be one of those great European nights at Celtic Park.”

Lennon is happy with his sides start to the tournament so far, and would like to further still.

He added:

“We’ve made a great start to the group, we’re playing well and are off the back of a great victory at the weekend.”

“We’ve done well home and away this season, which has delighted me.”

“We followed up the Rennes draw with a good performance against Cluj.”

“We have players with European, Premier League, and international experience,” continued the manager.”

“We’d love to win the game tomorrow night.”

“That would put us in a very strong position and we’d love to qualify from the group.”

“We’re going to have to play as well, if not better than we have done in the first two games.”

Celtic have improved since their debacle in the qualifiers for the Champions League.

While Lazio is not the force they once were, they will be a sturn test of the Scottish champion’s credentials if they want to be taken seriously.

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