Lennon: Fans will enjoy European jaunt

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Neil Lennon is looking forward to Celtic's campaign in the Champions League
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Neil Lennon is looking forward to Celtic's campaign in the Champions League

Neil Lennon believes Celtic fans will simply relish their Champions League Group G campaign in which they will face Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow.

The Scottish champions played all three opponents at various stages of the tournament in 2007/08, but the Celtic manager does not believe the Hoops supporters will expect too much from his side this time after battling through two qualifying rounds.

"All the pressure was on the previous two rounds," said Lennon. "Now our supporters will take the view that it is great to be back and go and enjoy it and see where it takes us."

He went on: "This is where we want to be. It is what we worked so hard for.

"We are in it, it is fantastic to be here and we are going to make the most of it and enjoy it.

"I think Barcelona are favourites or joint favourites (to win the tournament).

"How do you play against them? Well you can watch them as much as you like but they currently have some of the best individuals of all time.

"I think Benfica will be strong, I think Moscow will be strong, they have got financial clout behind them but anything can happen in the group stages, particularly if we can start the group well and maximise the home advantage."

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