Lennon calls for attack
Neil Lennon called on his Celtic players to take the game to HJK Helsinki despite going into their Champions League clash with a slender lead.
Last Updated: 07/08/12 5:21pm
Neil Lennon called on his Celtic players to take the game to HJK Helsinki despite going into the UEFA Champions League match with a slender 2-1 lead from the first leg.
Second-half goals from Kris Commons and Charlie Mulgrew cancelled out Rasmus Schuller's opener to give them a slight advantage over their Finnish opponents.
But Lennon has warned his players that to try and play for a draw in Wednesday night's third qualifying round second leg would be unwise as they are at their best when they attack.
"It is very difficult to set your team out to play for a draw," said the Northern Irishman. "I am not too sure we have too many players in that mind-set.
"It is not an SPL game so we have to approach it a little bit differently, but we are not coming here to sit back and defend all night because that can bring problems.
"We will try to score a goal, or maybe two, if we can but a clean sheet will get us through and we will focus on that as well.
"We will try to prepare the players as best we can and hopefully we can get a very good performance out of them."
The game will be played on an artificial grass pitch at the Sonera Stadium which has raised some eyebrows in the Celtic camp.
But Lennon refuses to use it as an excuse in case his side get dumped out of the cup while playing on it.
"I think it is an advantage to any team used to playing on it," said Lennon. "We very rarely use artificial surfaces, if at all.
"So it will definitely give them some sort of an advantage but we can't use that as an excuse.
"We will have a look at the pitch and think about the team selection for the game. But we will go into the game with a positive frame of mind.
"We feel we have got a very good, vibrant young team and we feel this is an important step in the right direction if we can come through this tie. It will take this team forward."