Neil Lennon hopes that the Celtic fans will be able to produce a hostile atmosphere next week when CFR Cluj head to Glasgow.
Celtic were forced to come from behind as they drew 1-1 in Romania in Wednesday’s first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round encounter. Slavia Prague will play the winners of the tie in the play-off round while, if Celtic lose to Cluj, they will drop into the Europa League play-off stage where they will face either Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova or AIK of Sweden.
After falling behind in the 28th minute when Mario Rondon scored for Dan Petrescu’s team, James Forrest grabbed Celtic’s equaliser nine minutes later with a sublime left-footed effort. Lennon was thrilled with the result, saying afterwards: “I thought we looked good moving forward throughout the game.
“I was delighted with our attacking intent and I thought we defended resolutely throughout the game as well. You have to give Cluj credit, they scored a fine goal on the counter-attack but our reaction was superb. “Next week, we’ll need the crowd. We’ll want to make it hostile and make it warm for them and then the players need to go out and perform.”
Celtic, 1.36 to win the Scottish Premiership title once again this season, visit Motherwell on Saturday. Lennon’s team are 1.33 to win at Fir Park while a victory for the Steelmen is available at 9.00.
Meanwhile, Celtic and Arsenal have agreed a Scottish transfer record fee of £25million for left-back Kieran Tierney, with Lennon saying of the 22-year-old: “If he goes, he goes with everyone’s best wishes. He’s an outstanding talent and a great kid.”