Neil Lennon confirms Celtic are out to get their revenge on CFR Cluj | OneFootball
Neil Lennon confirms Celtic are out to get their revenge on CFR Cluj
Celtic will look to improve on their draw in their Europa League group stage opener with Rennes when they face Romanian outfit CFR Cluj for the third time this season.
The Glasgow giants are looking for revenge after Cluj eliminated them from the Champions League back in August with an extraordinary 4-3 win at Celtic Park.
Now, Neil Lennon is looking very forward to the occasion.
“I was pleased to get Cluj again because it was a quick opportunity to right a wrong, if you want to call it that.
“It’s been steady and really good progress since then, so I’ve been delighted with the reaction. Cluj are a good side and that has been underestimated.
“They ran Slavia Prague close in the final Champions League qualifier and they’ve beaten Lazio. They play an effective style of football. They don’t play through teams that much.
“They hit a lot of diagonals and put the ball in the box. They’ve got good energy and a good spirit about them, too. I expect the game to be played at a fast tempo.
“I hope they expect the Celtic who turned up in the first half, not the second half. In the second half, we scored three goals and I don’t see many clubs getting three against Cluj in 45 minutes.
“It showed me what we were capable of but we let the first 45 minutes drift away from us.
“We were passive and we can’t be like that in Europe, so we want to start as strongly as we can and get the decibel level up, because the players can really react to that.”
Celtic have advanced to the Europa League round-of-32 each of the last two seasons.