Tuesday February 12 2013
Lennon: 'Celtic need a miracle'

Celtic manager Neil Lennon concedes his men “need a miracle” to reach the Champions League Quarter-Finals after a 3-0 home defeat to Juventus.

The scoreline flatters Juventus. For 70-odd minutes we were by far the better side but you can't give away sloppy goals,” he said.

Lennon came in for a great deal of criticism for starting Efe Ambrose, as he seemed shaky and jet-lagged after flying back from South Africa this morning.

“We took a gamble on Ambrose, but he was poor for the first goal and he missed a great chance to equalise. We switched off for the second and third goals.”

“We need a miracle now. That's the harsh reality of Champions League football.”

Celtic complained repeatedly at the tussling in the box, particularly from Stephan Lichtsteiner.

“I'd like to ask the referee is the game different in Spain and Italy? Every time my player moved in the area it was a foul. Time and time again.

“We played Juventus 12 years ago and Chris Sutton won a penalty for the same thing – the player got a warning and the next time he did it, it was a penalty. He should’ve given a penalty on at least two occasions for us.”