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LENNON CALLS IN ‘SECRET WEAPON’

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NEIL LENNON has called in ‘secret weapon’ Stiliyan Petrov to assist in Celtic’s Champions League second round qualifier against Ferencvaros at Parkhead this evening.

The Hoops boss has been in touch with his old team-mate who has inside knowledge on the Hungarian title winners.

Lennon, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I was speaking to Stiliyan about it and he was giving me a few wee titbits on players and how they will play.

“I know it is a tricky tie against Ferencvaros who were excellent against Djurdgardens. I watched snippets of it, but we will watch it more in depth.

“They are a good, strong team, particularly away from home.”

Skipper Scott Brown also stated the players will have to overcome the handicap of missing out on a packed home ground and focus on making their own motivation.

The 35-year-old midfield inspiration added: “Celtic Park can be unbelievable for us, especially on European nights. But we need to make sure that we deal with that and take full responsibility when we go onto the park.

“We need to press like there are 60,000 people there. We can hear each other shouting, we know the demands we place on each other and that’s one good thing we take away from the situation.

“But we always miss the fans, they’re the 12th man, especially in these games early in the season, so we definitely have to make it intense for Ferencvaros.”

Celtic cleared the first European hurdle last week when they thumped Iceland’s KR Reykjavik to set up tonight’s knock-out encounter.

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