Celtic Park

Next Game

Celtic v UMF Stjarnan

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 19:45

Champions League Qualifying Second Round

Lennon in 'must not lose' vow

Neil Lennon admits his side's chances of being involved in Europe after Christmas would hang by a thread if they failed to take all three points from Ajax at Parkhead on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 22/10/13 at 21:52 Post Comment

Neil Lennon: 'We must not lose'

Neil Lennon: 'We must not lose'

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Celtic are bottom of their UEFA Champions League qualifying group after defeats in their opening two matches against AC Milan and Barcelona.

Ajax have one point against their name following a 1-1 draw against Milan in Amsterdam and Lennon insists anything less than a victory would leave the Hoops on the brink of elimination.

"Put it this way, tomorrow is a must-not-lose game as I am confident with this team that we can perform away from home as well," he told Sky Sports News.

"Winning the game would put us in a really good position within the group but losing would probably end our aspirations for trying to qualify.

"I watched Ajax on Saturday night (drew 1-1 at Twente) and they came on very strong in the second half and probably deserved to take something out of the game.

"They are going to give us problems the way they move the ball about, the way they play the game. They have pace in their team in wide areas but we're ready.

"And we're looking forward to it. We know what's at stake and the fact that we are at home gives us a slight edge."

And Lennon is confident Kris Commons will be back in his starting line-up for the return in Amsterdam early next month after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Tuesday's match.

"He's been for a scan and we're waiting on confirmation but he is feeling a lot better now," he said.

Commons will be joined on the sidelines by Scott Brown (suspended), Adam Matthews (shoulder) and Derk Boerrigter (ankle) but Emilio Izaguirre has recovered from illness and should start while Mikael Lustig will undergo a late check on his hip injury.

"Both Mikael and Emilio trained today," said Lennon. "Emilio will be fine and we'll assess Mika tomorrow. We're pretty hopeful he'll be fit.

"Joe Ledley only played 20 minutes on Saturday after a month out so it's debatable whether he'd be able to do the 90 minutes against Ajax."

Watch Celtic take on Ajax at Parkhead from 7.30pm on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports 3.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Steven Gerrard targeting silverware after meeting LA Galaxy crowd

Steven Gerrard was introduced to the Los Angeles Galaxy crowd on Saturday as he watched his new side beat Toronto FC.

England Women's World Cup run makes Mark Sampson proud

Mark Sampson hailed his “awesome” England side after their win over Germany at the World Cup in Edmonton.

Sepp Blatter claims French and German leaders influenced World Cup voting

Sepp Blatter claims former French and German leaders made "political interventions" to influence World Cup voting.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company