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Also reaction to Georgios Samaras' hat-trick in the 5-2 win against Kilmarnock.

After the weekend’s win over Kilmarnock it seems that all eyes are turning towards Celtic’s massive Champions League clash with Barcelona at Parkhead tomorrow night.

But manager Neil Lennon hailed Georgios Samaras’ hat-trick in the 5-2 win against Kilmarnock as world class as Celtic kept up the pace with Inverness at the top of the SPL.

Kris Commons and Amido Balde also got on the score sheet but Samaras seemed reluctant to accept the tag given to his performance by the manager, and insists there is no real need for a confidence boost ahead of tomorrow’s clash with the Spanish champions.

The Scotsman reports he said: ‘You cannot compare the two games and say that because we won against Kilmarnock, confidence will be high. Confidence is always high.

‘We always believe in ourselves and our team. We don’t need to beat Kilmarnock 5-2 to go and be competitive against Barcelona.’

Barcelona defender Daniel Alves says Celtic’s victory at Parkhead last year was ‘lucky’ and ‘it won’t happen again.’

Alves said: ‘We lost in Scotland last season but the reality was it wasn’t a fair result.

‘We accepted we lost but it was down to individual errors.

‘It was not down to Celtic playing better football than us on the night.

‘There were lucky. It was a one-off that won’t happen again.’

Neil Lennon has challenged his current squad to repeat the feat of last season’s heroes, and that someone can be remembered in the same way as Tony Watt, who scored Celtic’s crucial second goal last season.

Lennon said: ‘I’m hoping someone else will be remembered tomorrow night for the same thing. But I also look at my goalkeeper in that game last year, and at my back four.

‘They were Trojans, and the midfield also played very well. They will have to play at that level again.

‘The point is we can’t afford any real weaknesses tomorrow. It needs to be a real unit, as it was when we won last year.’

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