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Lennon relishing Barcelona challenge

30 August 2012 21:38

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is excited to face Barcelona after being drawn in the same Champions League group as the four-time winners.

The Scottish Premier League champions have also been drawn alongside Benfica and Spartak Moscow and Lennon hopes that the club's past experiences against all three sides will benefit them.

"We're familiar with all three teams. Under Gordon (Strachan) we played Barcelona and Benfica, and we also knocked out Moscow in a playoff," Lennon said.

"Let's take it as it comes and see where we are first and what fixtures we've got coming up. It's fantastic to be here and we're going to enjoy it. I'm delighted to be here and it's fantastic to be involved in the draw.

"It's a tough, tough group, all the teams play good football so it should be quite attractive to watch.

Asked if they would be playing for third place in the group, Lennon replied: "No. Win it. It is maybe unrealistic but why do you want to finish third? I think Barcelona are favourites or joint favourites (to win the tournament).

"It's very exciting to be in a group with Barcelona, tough but a real glamour game for the club. The other two are huge clubs in their respective countries."

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