Lennon still positive despite Celtic defeat in Champions League

Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists they are not yet out of the Champions League, despite losing 2-0 in the play-off first leg against Shakhter Karagandy.
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Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists they are not yet out of the Champions League, despite losing 2-0 in the play-off first leg against Shakhter Karagandy.

"It's a disappointing result, but we should have scored and it would have put a different complexion on the tie," said Lennon.

"But we're not down and out yet."

"It's not over," added Lennon. "We'll go back to Celtic Park and there's plenty there for me to chew on in terms of chances, but Shakhter didn't surprise us with the way they played. We knew they would throw balls forward - we should have dealt with the first one a bit better.

"I don't know how many chances we had - clear-cut ones as well - if you don't take your chances you make life difficult for yourself."

"I didn't' really feel uncomfortable in the game at all. I thought we would score and that would put a totally different complexion on the tie, but the fact that we didn't just makes it a little bit more difficult now.

"Possibly, I think I've still got enough in the squad to come through the tie, so that's what we'll endeavour to do."

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