Celtic are going in the right direction as Cluj challenge awaits
Celtic will face Romanian champions Cluj after a 7-0 aggregate win over Estonian side Nomme Kalju in the second round of the UEFA Champions League, and manager Neil Lennon admitted that it will be a much more difficult test for the Scottish champions.
The tie was all but over in the first leg thanks to a 5-0 win at Celtic Park and despite making six changes to the starting line-up, Celtic marched on to a comfortable 2-0 win tonight to secure a 7-0 win overall.
However, Lennon is not getting ahead of himself and admitted that the third round will be their toughest yet with Cluj waiting to face them, a side who have reached the group stages of the competition on three occasions over the past 11 years - their last being in season 2012-13 finishing third in a group that consisted of Manchester United, Braga and Galatasaray.
The same season that Celtic reached the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League under Neil Lennon, which saw that famous 2-1 win over Barcelona.
Speaking after Tuesday’s victory, Lennon said: "They're [Cluj] a difficult side. The good thing for me is that the first leg is away so hopefully we can get some type of result to take back to Celtic Park.
"We've done a lot of work on them already so we'll be well prepared. We know it will be a step up, but we're going in the right direction. There's no question of that."
After a raft of changes ahead of this weekend’s Premiership opener, Lennon added: "I'm not getting carried away but I'm pleased for the new boys coming in.
"Christopher had his first 90 minutes. I thought Olivier was outstanding considering that was his first real run out. And it was a great goal from Marian. He showed what he's capable of in a little cameo.
"I've also got Forrest and McGregor to factor in and [Kristoffer] Ajer and [Odsonne] Edoaurd to come back as well. So the depth is looking a lot better and we're in a good place at the minute."