Champions League - Celtic v AC Milan: Neil Lennon wary of threat to Celtic from 'wounded animal' of Milan
Tuesday 26 November 2013
Neil Lennon has insisted there is no chance of Celtic underestimating the threat of Milan despite the Italians’ dreadful form going into the Champions League tie.
Follow the latest news from tonight's Champions League games by CLICKING HERE
Tonight’s game at Parkhead will be the biggest European game of Celtic’s season but the visitors arrive on the back of poor league form, which has seen them fail to win their last five matches and slip down to 13th place in Serie A.
The run of results has seen pressure mount on coach Massimiliano Allegri but Lennon does not believe it is necessarily the ideal time to play the Rossoneri as Celtic aim to keep their own last-16 hopes alive.
The Hoops manager said: “They could be a wounded animal and that’s always a dangerous proposition no matter who you face.
“They’ll have their pride. They have some world-class players, players who are class acts and who have been at the top level of the game for a period of time.
“If anyone thinks that we are underestimating them and think it’s a really good time and think it’s going to be a comfortable home win, they’ll have to think again. This team is dangerous.”
He added: “They might have to prove a point to their own supporters, I don’t know. I don’t think they’ve got anything to prove to anyone else around the world, who think they are a top-class team.
“They’ve beaten us, they’ve drawn with Barca, they’ve drawn away in Amsterdam, so their results in the group have been solid. They know if they win, they’ve got a great chance of going through themselves.
“Maybe that will be the springboard for them to improve domestically but that’s not my concern.
“My whole focus at the minute is on how we play and getting the great support that we always get here. It should be another great night.”
The Scottish champions sit bottom of Group H but a win over Milan – combined with Barcelona denying Ajax victory – would see them move into second spot.
Lennon said: “It’s a game we have to win to have any chance of qualifying. It’s a great game for the players to be involved in. We have performed very well in the group, apart from the first half in Amsterdam, so I want that to continue.”
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Film follows park rangers in the Congo
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Latest in Sport
Luis Suarez: Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
Arsenal vs Hull: Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan lead criticism of Arsene Wenger after 'uncomfortable' interview with Jacqui Oatley
Adel Taraabt criticism from QPR boss Harry Redknapp sparked by player walking out of team meeting prior to Liverpool game
West Brom vs Manchester United player ratings: Saido Berahino scores highest, whilst Marcos Rojo scores lowest
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming street artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
- 5 The inventor of the Facebook 'like' button says he never made a 'dislike' button because he feared the 'unfortunate consequences'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage