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Lennon doesn't fear Milan, Stokes wants new contract, Celtic morning news

Also, reaction to a win for Celtic at Hearts.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that his side will travel to Italy for their clash with AC Milan without any fear of taking on the seven-time European champions in their own back yard.

According to the Daily Record, Lennon watched Milan’s 2-2 draw away to Torino and hopes his side can get their Champions League campaign off to a positive start.

The Celtic boss said: “They did seem a bit vulnerable on the counter attack at times but they are strong opposition and I’m sure they’ll be a different proposition on Wednesday.

“The experience of last season will stand our players in good stead. I think my players are experienced enough now just to play the game and not the occasion.”

Forward Anthony Stokes has said that Celtic can be a match for any of their European rivals, and that they will take heart from their performances in last season’s competition, which saw them qualify from their group, and included a memorable home win against Barcelona along the way.

“We faced the same task last year and hopefully the boys were involved can use that and gain even more experience from this games this year.

“Don’t write us off.”

The striker has also said he is keen to sign a new contract at Celtic as his current contract runs out at the end of the season according to the Herald.

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At the weekend, Celtic travelled to Tynecastle to take on Hearts and came away with all three points after a 3-1 win. Kris Commons opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 18 minutes, a lead which Celtic held on to until the ten minutes into the second half when Jason Holt equalised. Anthony Stokes restored the visitors’ advantage before debutant Teemu Pukki rounded off the scoring.

Neil Lennon was impressed with the performance of captain Scott Brown, and is encouraged by the timing of the Scotsman’s good form, reports the courier.

“Scott is outstanding at the minute. He is playing so well and everything is so clean.”

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