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Lennon wants no Barcelona talk as Celtic prepare for Dundee United

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is well aware how important next week's Champions League clash with Barcelona is.

The Bhoys, who tested the Catalan giants in their 2-1 loss at the Nou Camp last week, play host to Tito Vilanova's star-studded side on Wednesday night needing at least a point to stay in the hunt for a top-two Group G finish.

But the Glasgow club first has to navigate a domestic fixture this weekend when the league leaders head to Dundee United and Lennon is more focused on that at this stage.

"We have three or four days before we play Dundee United and that is our main focus," said Lennon in the wake of Celtic's 5-0 Scottish Communities League Cup win over St Johnstone on Tuesday.

"Barcelona is coming up next week but I don't want to talk about that until after Dundee United on Sunday.

"Before last night's game I said to the players that last week they were well motivated, in a nice climate, going out at the Nou Camp.

"It was different (against St Johnstone), maybe 15,000 to 20,000 people there, but I said their attitude had to be the same and I got that."

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Andrew Slevison
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