Build up to Milan Champions League game as Kaka ruled out - Celtic morning news

Celtic Champions League

Lennon wants a strong performance at the San Siro.

Full-back Michael Lustig says Celtic will look to land the first blow in their Champions League match with AC Milan tomorrow night by scoring the first goal.

The Swede said: ‘It’s really important to score the first goal in European game away from home. That gives you something to then defend.

‘We know we are the underdogs, but the way we go and play against the big teams, we show respect for them – but we don’t show respect on the pitch.’

Celtic will be boosted by the news that Kaka will miss the clash with a hamstring injury according to the Daily Record. Kaka is one of nine first team players who are sidelined for Milan ahead of the Bhoys visit to the San Siro.

Manager Neil Lennon wants his players to come away from the San Siro without the tag of ‘gallant losers.’

Lennon said: ‘We don’t have to win it. I would love us to win, but, more importantly, I want to see a performance.

‘I want us to go to the San Siro, play strongly, and play with the maturity we are starting to show.’

Former defender John Kennedy is delighted that young players are getting the chance to sample European football in the UEFA Youth League, and said he would’ve relished the opportunity if the competition was around when he was at that age.

Kennedy told the club’s website: ‘In the past when I was a young player, it would have been something I would have loved to have had. My first experience of European football was at first-team level and it was pretty much sink or swim.

‘It’s good preparation-wise to develop our players. It’s a great tool to have and we are very much delighted to be a part of that.’

Celtic’s Under-19’s take on AC Milan tomorrow.

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