CELTIC HAPPY WITH HELSINKI
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that he is extremely happy with the first leg score in the Champions League qualifier match against HJK Helsinki.
This second-round match will see the replay played at the home of HJK Helsinki, and Neil Lennon has dismissed any suggestions that he will be fielding a negative side for this match. Celtic come into the match after having won the first leg encounter in Glasgow 2-1. Even though the lead is only slender come and there have been suggestions that Celtic might play for a draw in this away match.
However, Neil Lennon has said that playing for a draw in such a tense match will be always difficult and will certainly lead towards a defeat. As a result, his team will be focusing on winning the match just as they would do in a match. Celtic have the opportunity to qualify for the group stages of the competition and solely focus on doing well in Europe during the absence of Rangers.
The absence of their arch rivals is likely to decrease the competition for the Scottish Premier league title. Hence, Celtic can rest a lot of players if they could get a good start in the league.
"It is very difficult to set your team out to play for a draw. I am not too sure we have too many players in that mindset. It is not an SPL game so we have to approach it a little bit differently but we are not coming here to sit back and defend all night because that can bring problems. We will try to score a goal, or maybe two, if we can but a clean sheet will get us through and we will focus on that as well," said the Celtic manager ahead of the second leg.
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