Celtic secure historic Champions League victory over Barcelona
Celtic boss Neil Lennon admitted the UEFA Champions League win over Barcelona was one of the proudest nights of his career.
Lennon’s side wrote their names into the history books with their momentous 2-1 win over the Spanish giants at a buoyant Celtic Park.
“It is right up there, one of the proudest nights of my career,” Lennon told Sky Sports. “It’s just a monumental effort from those players tonight on the anniversary of the club. It is a very special occasion to do themselves justice tonight and they’ve just beaten the best team in the world. It is two of the stiffest examinations they will ever get in their careers and they’ve come through it with flying colours.”
Lennon admitted they pinpointed Barcelona’s weakness at set-pieces with their first goal coming from a corner as Victor Wanyama netted from Charlie Mulgrew’s cross.
“Charlie Mulgrew is one of the best dead ball players around and his delivery was magnificent and Wanyama, who just keeps getting better and better, scores a great goal for us and then you try and weather the storm and you know it’s coming and there is not a lot you can do about it but we saw it through. Young Tony Watt comes on and a few of them are dying on their feet as they’ve given everything and Watt gives us a new lease of life and scores a brilliant second goal and it is going to go down in the history books of the club.
Lennon believes the win gives them a real opportunity of reaching the knockout stages with Celtic in second place behind Barca and three points clear of Benfica.
“It gives us a great chance,” added Lennon. “Benfica beat Spartak Moscow so they are still on our tails so we’ve got to go to Benfica and try to raise our game again and we will cross that bridge when we come to it and we will enjoy the evening and the moment.”