Celtic manager Neil Lennon sees his side's Champions League visit to Barcelona tomorrow night as a challenge to be embraced.

The Scottish champions 3-2 victory over Spartak Moscow in the last round of Group G fixtures was their first away win in Europe's premier club competition for 26 years.

“I'm hoping to have 14 heroes tomorrow night,” said the Northern Irishman at a Press conference. “We have pace and technical ability, and we're coming off a good result at the weekend.

“This is a great challenge for the players and one they should embrace.”

Lennon was playing for Celtic when they held out for a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou to knock Barca out of the UEFA Cup in 2004, and when they returned for a 1-1 draw in the Champions League the following season.

“This is the ultimate test away from home. We have nothing to lose, but we're not here for a holiday or for tourist attractions. We're here for the football. We haven't budgeted for anything from this game, but who knows.

“It was a privilege to watch Lionel Messi play on Saturday,” Lennon, who was at Riazor for Barca's thrilling 5-4 win, added. “I don't think I could come up with any superlatives to do the man justice.”

The Hoops, competing in the Champions League for the first time in four years, have four points after two games and will go top of the group if they can engineer an improbable victory tomorrow evening.
 

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