Neil Lennon was far from downbeat despite Celtic's 2-1 home win over HJK Helsinki leaving their Champions League hopes in the balance.

The Hoops were made to pay for early profligacy in the first leg of their third-round qualifier less than two minutes into the second half when Rasmus Schuller fired the visitors ahead. However, striker Gary Hooper levelled in the 54th minute before defender Charlie Mulgrew headed the winner seven minutes later.

The Celtic boss was bullish in his assessment of his side's first competitive 90 minutes of the season and their prospects in the return game in Finland next week. He said: "I am not disappointed at all. It is a huge improvement on where we were last year. I think Helsinki can count themselves pretty fortunate that it was only 2-1."

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