Half the battle when it comes to PR is not to score an own goal, which Neil Lennon managed to do in his pre-match press conference today when asked about the local ‘tradition’ of ritualistic animal slaughter before the game. “You have to respect the traditions in Kazakhstan, they have a different culture. We have our traditions.
“Our scouts watched Shakhter’s game against Astana on Friday. We know the played a weakened team.
“We arrived early to adapt to the weather condition. The journey went well.
“Tomorrow we play against a strong team. It’s important to get a good result in the first game to increase our chances of reaching the Champions League group stage.”
Really looking forward to this one now.
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