Lennon disappointed to leave with nothing, Mulgrew still believes - Celtic morning news

Celtic Champions League

Reaction to last night's 2-0 defeat to AC Milan in the Champions League.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was bitterly disappointed to leave the San Siro empty handed as his side lost 2-0 to AC Milan in their Champions League group stage opener.

Striker Anthony Stokes hit the woodwork shortly before a deflected Emilio Izaguirre own goal, and a Sulley Muntari strike was enough to take all three points late on after the game had remained deadlocked for 82 minutes.

Lennon said: “I’m bitterly disappointed because for long periods of the game, we were the better team. So to come away from the San Siro, not having picked up a point or three, and to feel disappointed is a mark of how we’ve developed as a team and how well we played tonight.

“But you have to take your chances when you are on top and, unfortunately, we didn’t get the break of the ball that Milan did.

“The scoreline flatters them. I didn’t think there were two goals between the teams at all.”

Celtic skipper Scott Brown believed the Bhoys were the better side and is relishing the prospect of bringing the Italians back to Celtic Park.

He told the Evening Times: “We knew it was going to be a tough group, but they have got to come to Celtic Park and it is going to be a hard one for the other teams.

“We played very well and created a lot of chances. Overall I felt we were the better team.”

Charlie Mulgrew has urged Celtic fans to keep believing that the side can get out of the group stages despite last night’s defeat.

He said: “Qualification is still there for us. We’ll never stop believing until it’s mathematically impossible.

“The manager will keep us going and have us going out there to win games so it’s only one game in, there’s still a long way to go.

“We just have to focus on every game as it comes and look to win and pick up as many points as we can.”

Celtic's under 19's side also suffered defeat in the San Siro, as they lost to AC Milan's youngsters 3-1.

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