Neil Lennon admits he will have a match from 18 years ago on his mind when Celtic take on Sarajevo on Wednesday evening.

The Hoops are in firm control of the tie after their 3-1 win in Bosnia last week. However, that was also the first leg score when Celtic squared off against Ajax in 2001.

The Hoops got a glorious 3-1 win in Amsterdam but were made to sweat a fortnight later when the Dutch side earned a surprise 1-0 win.


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Lennon played both matches and admits it’s weighing on his mind. However, he also expects his players to be ready this time around.

He told the Scottish Sun: “I think the players will go out with the right attitude.

“Sometimes you can take your foot off the gas a little bit. We must be wary of that.

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“Sarajevo may come with an all- or-nothing attitude and have a real go. So we have to be bang at it. I remember being 3-1 up after a first leg against Ajax and they battered us here.

“We made it through, but I’d like it to be a lot more comfortable than that.”

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Should Lennon be worried about Sarajevo?

Since that tie against the Dutch champions, Celtic have a perfect record of finishing off opponents after good away first leg results.

The Hoops have won seven first leg clashes on the road since 2001 – all in the Champions League – and finished off the job by winning the second leg too.

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The majority of their opponents haven’t been of the highest standard but the fact remains that the Hoops have been able to finish off the job when in a commanding position.

Celtic fans will be hoping that the same can be said when Sarajevo visit Glasgow on Wednesday.

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