Lennon: We targeted Alba

Celtic manager Neil Lennon admitted he had targeted Jordi Alba at set pieces after his side's shock 2-1 victory over Barcelona.

The Scottish champions inflicted a first Champions League group stage defeat in three years upon Barca at Celtic Park, Victor Wanyama and teenager Tony Watt scoring before Lionel Messi's late reply.

Wanyama's goal came when the Kenyan outjumped Alba to head in a Charlie Mulgrew corner.

“We felt we could affect them at corners,” the Northern Irishman told Sky Sports. “We knew at the backpost area, with Alba and them playing zonal, we could threaten that. Mulgrew is one of the best dead ball deliverers around and Wanyama just keeps getting better and better.”

The win was extra special for Celtic as it was achieved without several first teamers, came the day after their 125th anniversary, and gives the club largely written off as no-hopers in Group G an excellent chance of progression.

“These are special nights,” Lennon continued. “ When I took the job here I said I wanted to bring the thunder back, and I've never seen the atmosphere as good as that.

“It's one of the greatest nights of my career, a monumental effort from all of those players, and on the anniversary of the club it's a very special occasion. I wanted them to do theirselves justice tonight but they've surpassed that – they've beaten the best team in the world.”

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