Celtic Park

Next Game

Celtic v Karabakh-Azersu

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 19:45

Champions League Qualifying Third Round

Last Game

UMF Stjarnan 1 - 4 Celtic

Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 20:15

Champions League Qualifying Second Round

Hoops wary of Karpin's Spartak

Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits he is unsure how Spartak Moscow will approach the crucial clash against his side under their caretaker boss Valery Karpin.

Last Updated: 02/12/12 at 22:12 Post Comment

Neil Lennon: Unsure what to expect from Spartak

Neil Lennon: Unsure what to expect from Spartak

The Russian giants are already consigned to the bottom of Group G but will have a say in who joins Barcelona in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

If Lennon's men better Benfica's result in the Nou Camp, then the Hoops will qualify for the next stage of the competition.

Karpin took over the helm after Spaniard Unai Emery was dismissed following a 5-1 thrashing by city rivals Dynamo last week.

But the Parkhead boss, whose side won 3-2 in the Luzhniki Stadium in October, is worried that Karpin's presence will change the attitude of his players.

He said: "We know a lot about Spartak, obviously we have played them already.

"We have analysed their matches, home and away and we will study them again before we start preparing for the game.

"They have a new coach in, Karpin, although he has been there (at the club) a long time.

"Whether that changes the attitude of the players....it might be a good thing or bad thing, I don't know."

The visit of Spartak is just one of eight games Celtic will play in December, but Lennon has played down the possible effects of such a gruelling schedule.

"That is just the reality of it," said Lennon. "It is nothing new for us. This season has been game after game after game. The challenges are there for the players.

"Christmas is always a heavy schedule but we have got the extra SPL game against Dundee United at home. It is a course of games to get our teeth into and we are really looking forward to it."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he name of the article is apt as all my wildest dreams will come through if it turns out to be true

parsy12
The Vote Pedro Gossip

Y

ouri Tielemans is everything Jack Wilshere wants to be!

ross1119
F365's Top Ten Breakthrough Stars Of 2015/16

S

o is Jordan Ibe overqualified for this list or what? To be honest I was expecting to see his name, I thought he'd fit in perfectly. Maybe his name is too familiar? Because otherwise this list should be made for him. You could actually just insert his name & stats into the middle paragraph about Brandt and it would describe Ibe.

redkev
F365's Top Ten Breakthrough Stars Of 2015/16

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: Arsenal spending way to title contention

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Arsene Wenger is buying his way into Premier League title contention.

Jose Mourinho says Eden Hazard was better than Cristiano Ronaldo last season

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Eden Hazard performed better than Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo last season.

West Brom 'agree £8m fee for Hull City's James Chester'

West Brom have agreed a fee of £8m for Hull City defender James Chester, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

The Calculator Is On Wenger's Side...

Over the last five years, Arsenal's net spent is about 55% of Chelsea's, so shush your mouth Jose. Plus, Van Gaal is attacked and defended in equal measure...

Only Arsenal Fans Care About Friendlies

We are not entirely surprised after Arsenal fans leapt to the defence of friendlies. We also have mails on Louis van Gaal, Liverpool and more mundane tales...

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