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Ajax's Stefano Denswil challenges Celtic's Anthony Stokes. Picture credit: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Ajax's Stefano Denswil challenges Celtic's Anthony Stokes. Picture credit: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Ajax's Stefano Denswil challenges Celtic's Anthony Stokes. Picture credit: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

NEIL LENNON is confident his Celtic side can do a Dutch double following their 2-1 Champions League win over Ajax at Parkhead last night.

After defeats in their first two Group H fixtures to AC Milan and Barcelona, the Scottish champions grabbed their first three points to leapfrog Frank De Boer's side and take them off the bottom of the table.

With AC Milan drawing 1-1 at home to Barca, Celtic are within two points of the second-placed Italian club with Ajax at the bottom of the table ahead of the Hoops' trip to Holland in a fortnight.

The former Celtic skipper said: "I feel we can get results away from home but we are going to have to do very well.

"I knew the group was going to be difficult but I was happy with the performances in the first two games.

"It was encouraging going into the double-header against Ajax.

"We were in every game and that is no mean feat with the calibre of clubs that have been against us.

"If we had lost the game last night, with no points after three games, we would have been out, we would have been chasing our tails but we have given ourselves a great chance now.

"A point would not have been the end of the world but we got the win and it's wide open again."

De Boer insisted his side deserved more from the game but remains confident that they can win the return game.

The former Rangers player said: "Celtic didn't create anything although they scored twice, once with a penalty.

"We dominated the game but only scored once and should have equalised before they got their second.

"It is going to be very hard for us to get second place but I have confidence in the third place."


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