Celtic boss Neil Lennon enjoyed last night’s magnificent Europa League win over Lazio as much as any supporter, but he’s already thinking ahead to the next game.
Describing the match as a ‘titanic’ affair, of the type that the club want to see much more of, Lennon’s focus is already on league business.
Lennon said: “It’s so important to the club to have these big nights at the club.
“I don’t think we deserved to be a goal down at half-time. For 10-15 minutes there is no doubt Lazio were the better team. They had a couple of great chances, but so did we and I think that gets overlooked.”
It was a rollercoaster night, which saw Celtic come from behind, but Lennon is wary after what happened the last time Celtic secured a Europa League win.
Then, a suberb performance resulting in a 2-0 win over Cluj, was followed by a disjointed showing at Livingston, where a rattled Celtic succumbed to their first defeat of the season.
It was a game where Celtic struggled with discipline, with a sending off for last night’s goal hero Ryan Christie and a number of other players being drawn into niggly, counterproductive feuds.
Speaking to the media, Lennon warned his players against falling into a similar trap.
He said: We’ve been studying Thursday to Sunday turnaround games. Discipline will be important for the players on Sunday.”
“We have to calm down now. We’ve enjoyed the night. It was a titanic game and one which we want to bring to Celtic Park on a regular basis. We have to regroup now and we’ve got a big game on Sunday to concentrate on.”
Christie is suspended for the trip to Pittodrie, but Lennon praised the all-action midfielder.
He said: “He’s been fantastic this season. He came on strong in the second half. For us not having him on Sunday, it is a loss but we have suitable replacements for the game.”
He continued: “Aberdeen got a brilliant win at Motherwell and they have a brilliant manager. You couldn’t ask for a stiff test after last night really. They’ll be doing recovery today and we’ll see how they are tomorrow.”
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