Neil Lennon insists his side deserved more in Milan

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Celtic losing away in the Champions League again should come as no surprise, but Neil Lennon insists they deserved at least a point in Milan.

Last year's 3-2 win at Spartak Moscow was Celtic's first ever Champions League group stage win away from home, but was followed up with defeats at Barcelona and Benfica so it was little surprise when they came away empty-handed last night.

However, Neil Lennon insists their performance deserved so much more, and is a sign of how much they've improved.

Lennon told BBC Sport: "The scoreline flatters Milan - there wasn't two goals between us at all. I felt at times we were the better team playing the better football. I'm very disappointed, because for long periods of the game we were the better team.

"To come away from the San Siro disappointed at not picking up a point - or three points - is a mark of how well we've developed and played, but you have to take your chances when you're on top and unfortunately we didn't get the break of the ball.

"I don't know why everyone is so surprised - particularly any Scottish journalists - you've seen us play for the last 18 months. We've got an excellent side; we made the last 16 last year and that wasn't a fluke."

The Scottish champions looked on course to grab at least a point until Christian Zapata's 82nd minute strike deflected in off Emilio Izaguirre and to add insult to injury, Sulley Muntari bundled home a second just moments later.

More frustrating for the visitors is that they had had chances of their own before the Italians struck, with Charlie Mulgrew, Georgios Samaras and Anthony Stokes all coming close.

The group stage draw was far from kind to Celtic, with arguably the best team in the world, Barcelona, and European footballing giants Ajax making up the rest of their group.

With a visit from Barca next on the cards for Neil Lennon's side it's imperative they put this deft behind them and begin to take their chances if they're to have even the slightest chance of making it through to the last 16 for a second consecutive year.

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