Saturday 25 February 2017

Lennon lays down law ahead of Celtic's crucial Euro clash

Neil Lennon has told his Celtic players that there must not be a repeat of last season's European nightmare, according to midfielder Kris Commons.

The Irishman's first full season in charge of the Parkhead club began in depressing fashion last term as the Hoops were dumped out of the Champions League and Europa League at the qualifying stages by Braga and Utrecht respectively.

Commons can distance himself from that embarrassing and costly aberration, having only joined Celtic from Derby in January.

However, the Scotland international has been included in the warning given to the Hoops players ahead of tomorrow night's Europa League play-off first-leg tie against Swiss side Sion at Parkhead.

"Obviously it was a failure last year," said Commons.

"I know I wasn't part of it but the manager has certainly made us aware that it can't happen again.

"He thinks we are a better squad than at the start of last year and thinks we are more prepared for Europe now so hopefully we can kick on.

"We know we are in for a tough test. We have to approach every game in a professional manner.

"You have to do your background and research on any team in Europe.

"I think the coaching staff and scouts have gone out and watched them.

"We will now look at their qualities and weaknesses and hopefully we can capitalise on their weaknesses."

Irish Independent

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