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Lennon pleased with performance

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Neil Lennon hopes Celtic gained "a bit more respect" throughout Europe after drawing 0-0 with Benfica in their Champions League Group G opener at Parkhead.

Only skipper Scott Brown had Champions League experience with the home side but it was a spirited and determined performance from the Scottish champions although over the course of 90 hard-fought minutes they failed to really trouble the visitors' goal.

"I hope that we gained a little bit more respect tonight from the footballing world," said Lennon. "I think Benfica went into the game heavy favourites but I don't think you could call the game tonight. I think a draw was probably a fair result. It shows that we have a bit of depth to the squad and can compete at this level."

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