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Sunday 17 November 2019

Lennon calls for focus after Lazio victory

Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Neil Lennon has called for calm after Celtic's thrilling Europa League win over Lazio on Thursday night.

The Scottish champions maintained their position at the top of Group E with a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Serie A side thanks to a late header from French defender Christopher Jullien, after midfielder Ryan Christie had cancelled out a first-half goal from Manuel Lazzari.

Asked if 10 points would be enough to secure qualification, the Northern Irishman, now preparing for the trip to Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership tomorrow, said: "You would like to think so because you always feel that other clubs would take points off each other.

"What we have done is made a great start to the group and I can't ask any more than maximum points at home and picking up a point away from home.

"There is no guarantee of us picking up another point in the group so we have to calm down.

"We have enjoyed the night. It was a titanic game and one that we want to bring to Celtic Park on a regular basis but we have to regroup now and we have a big game on Sunday to concentrate on."

Lennon gave himself only a "couple of hours" to enjoy the win before thinking about the Dons and staying top of the table.

He said: "I don't know how the players are feeling about it. We have a lot of experienced players in there so they will know how to deal with it."

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