NEIL Lennon’s delight at seeing his side record an impressive 2-0 victory over Helsingborgs in Sweden was tempered by the fact he knows there is still another 90 minutes of UEFA Champions League play-off football to be played.
And the Celtic manager saw enough in the first leg to know that Helsingborgs remain dangerous opponents. That’s why he’s looking for the Celtic fans to roar the team on to complete the job next Wednesday, August 29.
Celtic Park is set for another special European night, with the Hoops aiming to secure a place in the group stages of the competition. And the home support, envied throughout Europe, can be that vital twelfth man which propels Celtic into taking their place amongst Europe’s elite.
“Our home record is very, very good,” said the manager. “We’ll set the team up a little differently next week and I’d like to think that we’ll be in the ascendancy in the home game.
“It’s a great result for us to take into the game – a clean sheet and two away goals was more than we could have asked for.
“But the job is only half done. We’ve got a big game at Celtic Park, and Helsingborgs showed how dangerous they can be and we have to be careful but it’s a great start in the tie for us.”
And it was a great team performance, with the players showing resilience, character and quality to win their second successive away European tie this season.
“I’m really proud of them, and delighted for them,” the manager said. “I’ve had my time of playing in the Champions League and winning championships and it’s their time now.
“I want them to experience it and it will enhance them as players, but they know they’ve still got one more game to go.
“They’re pretty grounded boys. They know they’ve got a big game ahead of them next week but there’s a big prize at the end of it for them, and you can see what it means to them.
“Again, we might have to weather a storm at times but I’m certain we’ll have more possession in the home leg.”
European nights at Celtic Park are always special occasions and next Wednesday is sure to be another memorable night. And there are still some tickets available for the match (KO: 7.45pm).
The Ticket Office at Celtic Park will be open from 9.30am on Wednesday, August 22 for supporters wanting a ticket for the Helsingborgs game. Tickets are now on general sale, priced from £25 adults and from £15 concessions.
Tickets can be purchased ONLINE, by calling the 24-hour hotline on 0871 226 1888, option 1, option 1* or by visiting the Ticket Office at Celtic Park.
Ticket Office opening hours:
Saturday, August 25: 9am – 1pm
Sunday, August 26: 10am – 2pm
Monday, August 27: 9.30am – 7pm
Tuesday, August 28: 9.30am – 7pm
Wednesday, August 29: 9.30am – 7.45pm kick-off
The last posting day for tickets will be Saturday, August 25, so we advise supporters to book their tickets before 11am on Saturday to avoid picking up tickets on the day.
*Calls cost up to 10p per minute, telecoms provider dependent. Mobile and other provider charges may vary.
WITH MANY THANKS TO : By: Paul Cuddihy