Neil Lennon has admitted at feeling “a real pride” during his Celtic side’s 2-1 win over Lazio on Thursday night.
The Bhoys came from behind against the Italians for the second time in a fortnight as Olivier Ntcham’s late winner sealed a massive three points and progression to the last 32 of the Europa League.
Lennon’s men were backed by a support of around 9,000 in the Stadio Olimpico (Daily Record) and the Hoops faithful made themselves heard from start to finish in a tasty atmosphere.
And the Northern Irishman paid special attention to his followers during his Friday press conference, as reported by the official Celtic Twitter feed.
“A huge credit goes to the supporters,” he said. “It felt like the real Celtic. That connection with the fans and the players was there.
“There was a real pride for me last night. To send them home happy was as good for me as getting the result.”
Celtic are going places under Lennon
There is likely to be a party atmosphere on Sunday as Lennon’s Lions return to domestic action with a home clash against Motherwell. Fans who were going to give the match a miss may now choose to go and show support for the team following their magnificent achievement.
This Celtic side is going places under Lennon. We have a resolute defence that is growing with every match, a workhorse midfield and real quality in attack. Players like Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard and Mohamed Elyounoussi are flourishing on the European stage, and in charge of them we have a manager who clearly knows what he needs to do to get a tune out of his players.
It’s hard to judge just how far we can go in this year’s Europa League. A lot will depend on whether we can finish top of Group E and ensure an easier looking last 32 clash. If we can do that, and get a bit of luck on the way, there is really not much to stop this team.
Given the way they’ve just secured back-to-back wins over Lazio, they certainly shouldn’t fear anyone.