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Celtic boss well aware what hangs on tonight's Europa clash

Neil Lennon knows very well what is riding on tonight's Europa League play-off second leg for Celtic.

The Hoops are away at FC Sion in Switzerland following last week's scoreless draw at Parkhead and Lennon knows that any sort of negative result would see the club focusing on the Scottish Premier League and domestic cups only this season.

But Lennon insists there is no extra pressure from the Celtic board although he has revealed that he is not sure of the consequences if he fails if the club does not reach the group stage of Europe's second tier club competition.

"It's a very important game for me. I want to take Celtic into the group stages," he said.

"I don't feel pressure from the board in terms of making the group stages, not at all. The pressure is no different from any other game at Celtic.

"There is always something riding on it. There is always scrutiny on me, whether it be Europe or the domestic front. That never changes.

"I've not spoken to anyone about it, what would be the consequences of us going out. "That would be a question for Peter Lawwell or someone. I haven't got a clue what the ramifications will be.

"I'm just hoping we'll do it on the pitch.

"It's important for me in that it would be great to take us into a European competition. I don't want to go out of Europe by August again.

"I'd like to take it on and take the team further in this competition if we can because European football is important to Celtic.

"There will be comparisons with what we have achieved over the last ten years.

"The next one in line will be expected if not to emulate then certainly get close to those achievements.

"I want European football beyond tonight."

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