Lennon - No complacency

Celtic boss insists there is still a job to be done to qualify

Neil Lennon: Looking to guide Celtic to the group stages of the Champions League

Neil Lennon has warned against complacency ahead of Celtic's UEFA Champions League play-off clash with Helsingborg.

The Hoops are 2-0 up from the first leg in Sweden and are strong favourites to go through to the group stages on Wednesday night for the first time since 2008-09.

But the Celtic boss, who has injury worries concerning defender Thomas Rogne, skipper Scott Brown, striker Georgios Samaras and midfielder Kris Commons, insists the tie is far from over.

"I am sitting here a lot more comfortable than I would be if it was 0-0 or 1-1 or we were chasing the game," he said.

"We are at home but we know the tie is not over yet.

"I am not getting ahead of myself. We still have to qualify against a very good, motivated Helsingborg team.

"I can't look too far ahead. Football has a funny way of kicking you when you think you have cracked it.

"We have prepared as low-key as we possibly can for this game because we know there is a lot of hype surrounding it and we are trying to protect the players from it.

"Really, we just want to get the game started."

Mulgrew ready

"We have prepared as low-key as we possibly can for this game because we know there is a lot of hype surrounding it and we are trying to protect the players from it."

Neil Lennon

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Defender Charlie Mulgrew also insisted the players still have to go out and do a job at Parkhead on Wednesday.

"Nobody in that dressing room thinks the tie is done, not at all," he said.

"The manager has drilled that home to us that we can't get complacent, it is only half-time and there is a long way to go.

"Of course the mind is wandering, thinking of who you could play but you have to try your best not to do that and to do the job first.

"We are not thinking we are 2-0 up. It will be in the back of our mind somewhere but we have to go out and do the job and try to win the game.

"We are playing at Celtic Park and we will go and look to win the game and hopefully we will do that."

Asked if he could put the game in the context of his Celtic career, the Scotland international said: "It is probably the biggest. It is massive for the club and all the players involved but we will be approaching it as just another game.

"We know what we have to do and we will concentrate on that.

"We won't get sucked into the hype too much. We know there is still a job to be done and we expect a hard game.""We won't get sucked into the hype too much. We know there is still a job to be done and we expect a hard game."