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Celtic boss wary of AC Milan

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AC Milan pose a real threat to Celtic's ambitions of advancing to the latter stages of the Champions League – despite the Italians struggling for form domestically - according to Neil Lennon.

The Rossoneri dropped to 11th in Serie A after the weekend's draw against Genoa at the San Siro – a match which saw Mario Balotelli miss his second penalty as a professional.

But Lennon, who flew out to Italy to watch the game, claims he saw enough from Milan to suggest they cannot be written off as they go in search of the victory which will secure their qualification for the last 16 of the tournament.

Group leaders Barcelona travel to Ajax and a win for the visitors will make sure Celtic’s fate is in their own hands ahead of their trip to the prestigious Nou Camp on December 11.

And the Celtic manager is certain his team will not let the occasion get to them.

"It's a great game for the players to be involved in, a game we have to win to have any chance of qualification," he told reporters."We have performed very well in the group apart from the first half in Amsterdam and I want that to continue here tomorrow.

"I dont think we need much incentive or motivation for the game as we're playing against a very good side despite what their recent league form is showing.

"I watched their game on Saturday. They dominated against Genoa and were unfortunate not to win. Some of the football they played, and the tempo they played at, was of a very high calibre.

"The defeat in Amsterdam has put us in a difficult position and put more emphasis on the fact we have to win but the players know what's at stake and they are all in good spirits today.

"There's no pressure on me and I'll try and transform that to the players as well. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain and that is a great position for us to be in."

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