Neil Lennon reacts to Celtic's shock European defeat

Former Bolton manager Neil Lennon before the match

The former Hoops boss has played down the result.

Former Bolton manager Neil Lennon before the match

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has called the reaction to his old club’s shock European defeat ‘way over the top’, in quotes published by STV Sport.

The Hoops suffered arguably their worst European result on Tuesday night, losing 1-0 to Gibraltan minnows Lincoln Red Imps in the Champions League second round play off, but Lennon has played down the result.

"Well I think the furore over it is way over the top,” said the Hibernian boss.

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil LennonNeil Lennon

"These results can happen, it is so early. It's only Brendan's first game in charge; he's still getting to know the players.

“I didn't see the game but the pitch was a shocker, conditions were difficult and a 1-0 deficit, Celtic will turn that around. I expect them to go through and reach the next round."

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic fans will hope their former captain and manager is right in his assessment, and while the Hoops will most likely reach the next round, it’s an unfortunate way for Brendan Rodgers to begin his reign.

Lennon holds the distinction of guiding Celtic to the last 16 of the Champions League back in 2013 and that still stands as their furthest venture into the competition in its current format.

Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal for FulhamMoussa Dembele celebrates scoring for Fulham

The current Hoops side looks a long way from replicating that feat but Rodgers will hope his moves in the transfer market can make the difference over the coming weeks.

Moussa Dembele is the only new recruit to the Rodgers revolution so far however, and much more is needed if Celtic are to get back to standing they once enjoyed in European football.

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