Celtic: Neil Lennon targets Champions League win in Belfast
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Neil Lennon insists Celtic will not take Cliftonville lightly in their Champions League qualifier.
Speaking ahead of the second qualifying round first leg in Belfast, Lennon said Wednesday's opponents would not be underestimated.
"We have to be as professional as we can, quell the home crowd and try to impose our game on them," he said.
"This is our first competitive game (of the season.) It's a big ask but that's where we are."
Lennon added: "Cliftonville are a good side and we've had them watched.
"Their team will be well prepared and they'll be highly motivated for this game but the Champions League is so important for us as well.
"It's a dangerous game and it is one we're not taking lightly. We will have to be at our best.
"I know it's early and I know some of the players won't be at their best but we'll have to play very well to get a result tomorrow."
Celtic forward Georgios Samaras said the players were determined to progress to the group stage of the Champions League, with one more qualifying hurdle to overcome this season.
"This is our target and what we want to achieve this season," he said. "We need to get ready physically and mentally, and focus on these really important games.
"We need to forget what happened last season and concentrate on the future."
Where in all the rubbish you spouted today does it prove your view that a high co-eff doesnt benefit teams in the SPL other than Celtic?
If you google "uefa club coefficient" + check the 2nd the wikipedia entry - halfway down is a table showing how many places in Europe leagues get for there teams based on how many co-eff pts the teams earned in europe in previous years.
Proving MY point
Amalgamation is the only way you can compete with a club of Celtic's size, history and fanbase.
@101 year b4 last Celtic W1 D1 L1 in EL away games against Rennes, Udinese + Atletico. The co-eff pts earned there helped, go back to the 2nd div forums
Hmm, dont give up the day job friend, cant see those lyrics catching on.
Anyway i thought you were off after you made such a hash of your last response.
Celtic'll have a better chance winnin the league cuz we sell more tickets/have more fans. Gettin far in Euro helps up the coefficient, that allows more teams entry to Euro, that helps make more money, that helps them compete
"Sevco, Super Sevco
No-one likes us,
We don't care,
Until we're closed down,
For not paying taxes,
Then it's all so,
You too clearly have blinkers on. Celtic, Motherwell, Hibernian and St Johnstone are all playing in Europe. Two of those sides were the main challengers and the other a Cup finalist. These might push this season, but all four have a chance to male money if they can get a bit of momentum going. They will all have to look at carefully managing their squads. Whatever happens lets cheer all!