Neil Lennon will be hoping lightning doesn’t strike twice for him against Danish sides when Celtic take on Copenhagen tomorrow night.
The Hoops entertain Stale Solbakken’s men at Parkhead, hoping to kick on from a positive 1-1 draw last week.
1-1 was the aggregate score when Lennon last faced a team from Denmark, as the then Hibs boss bowed out on penalties to Brondby.
“I thought we were very unlucky not to go through,” the Celtic boss said in response to a question from Danish press. (Official Celtic YouTube channel)
“I thought we were the better team on the night.”
“That was a sore one because we played very well against a good Brondby side.
“Pukki played in that side and it was a bit of a sore one. So I’m hoping I don’t have to go through that ordeal again.”
Lennon hoping to avoid repeat of Denmark shoot-out
Hibs crashed out of the Europa League qualifier after losing 5-3 on penalties.
And Lennon admits that his current side are “wary” that a shoot-out could decide tomorrow night’s clash.
“Yes,” he said after being asked whether they had practiced spot-kicks.
“You don’t know what personnel is going to be on the pitch at that time.
“But we are wary of that.”
It’s not just Lennon who will feel he has some demons to exercise tomorrow night, either.
This Celtic side threw away a tie earlier this season against Cluj after doing the hard work in a 1-1 away draw.
They will have to show that they’ve grown as a team and are more experienced now as we aim for the clean sheet that is guaranteed to take us through.
One big difference between tomorrow and August is that we’ll have Fraser Forster in nets, compared to Scott Bain.
Christopher Jullien is another notable inclusion that will hopefully see us over the line.
And hopefully without any need to even mention the P word.