Celtic v Juventus 'a beauty' - Lennon

Published Thursday, 20 December 2012
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Celtic will face Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League, a tie which manager Neil Lennon has called "a beauty" but very tough.

Celtic v Juventus 'a beauty' - Lennon
Neil Lennon after Celtic beat Barcelona. (© PA)

The draw for the first knockout round of Europe's top club competition was made in Nyon, Switzerland, on Thursday afternoon.

The Scottish champions will meet the Italian champions in Glasgow on 12 February for the first leg.

Lurgan-born Celtic manager Lennon said there are no easy games at this stage but believes that anything is possible.

"Well in terms of glamour it's a beauty," he said. "Juventus are one of the great traditional European teams. They're current Italian champions and finished the group stage very strongly. So in terms of glamour it's great, in terms of qualification it is going to very tough, but it could have been any of the other teams and it would have been just as tough.

"We will take it as it comes, we're looking forward to the games now and I'm sure our supporters will be as well.

"We believe over two games anything is possible. Juventus are littered with world-class stars and have been very consistent over the last 18 months and have got a great winning mentality, but so have we.

"To come through the group as impressively as we did, you just never know where you'll be in a month or two's time in terms of fitness and form."

The Hoops qualified as runners-up to Barcelona at the end of a tough Group G campaign which saw them famously beat the Spanish superstars at Celtic Park.

Juventus meanwhile were unbeaten in their group and the return leg will take place in Italy.

In the other ties of the round, Manchester Utd will face Real Madrid, Arsenal play Bayern Munich, Galatasaray host FC Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk have drawn Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan take on Barcelona and Valencia are against Paris St Germain.

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Liverpool Fan in Essex wrote (485 days ago):
Seriously proud and exciting times for the man and his club. Man City, Chelsea and some really good other sides aren't there and green and white glaswegians are. Who would have thought all this? Becuz Around the time Rangers sadly went down to the lowest scottish league I remember someone saying on skysports that celtic needed rangers in the league. Sounds crazy now dunnit! I just hope Rogers' plan materialises into something special at some stage for us over the next few years...I have patience :)...
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