Lennon takes heart from Milan, Bhoys need killer instinct, Pukki hopeful

Celtic Parkhead

Side reflects on opening Champions League game as they return to league action

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has warned his players that the games in Group H of the Champions League are only going to get more and more difficult.

Many people have thought Celtic were unlucky to come away from the San Siro empty handed and Lennon took comfort in showing they were a good team according to the Scotsman.

He said: “I’d like to think [we’ll get points but] we’ve got a bit of work to do. I think Ajax wll play better football than Milan, and certainly Barcelona will, so that’s something we’ll need to negotiate over the next three or four months.”

Dutchman Derk Boerrigter says the side must find a killer instinct to succeed in this season’s competition, and get out of Group H.

“We’ve got a lot of games left, so I think we can win some to remain in the Champions League and that’s what we have to do. But, in this group, you have to kill. You have to try to make every shot on goal go in because, if you don’t, at this level teams can hurt you in seconds.”

Striker Teemu Pukki hopes he can do enough in the next two weeks to earn a starting place against Barcelona when they visit Parkhead on matchday two, according to the Evening Times.

He said: “I’ve only been here for four or five days so, hopefully, by the time the Barcelona game comes around I’ll have played much more.”

This weekend Celtic return to Premier League action against St Johnstone tomorrow at Celtic Park with the Bhoys three points behind Inverness with a game in hand. St Johnstone are currently in eighth place having taken eight points from their opening six games.

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