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Lennon revels in Hoops progress

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Neil Lennon believes he got the last laugh on his doubters after Kris Commons' dramatic late penalty gave Celtic a 2-1 victory over Spartak Moscow at Parkhead to secure a place in the last-16 of the Champions League.

Gary Hooper opened the scoring for the home side, who had to better Benfica's result in Barcelona, in the 21st minute but that was cancelled out by Ari before the break. Then, after defender Marek Suchy conceded a penalty kick in the 80th minute for a barge on Georgios Samaras, up stepped Commons to slam the ball in off the bar.

Kim Kallstrom was dismissed late on for a poor challenge on Commons, who was stretchered off, but a goalless draw at the Nou Camp put the Hoops through after having to negate two qualifying rounds and a tough group stage. Lennon said: "It means the world to me as a young manager in my first year in the Champions League to qualify with 10 points."

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Kris Commons
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