Neil Lennon pleased with win over Cliftonville

Celtic manager Neil Lennon on the touchline on December 29, 2012
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon reacts to his side's 3-0 victory over Irish minnows Cliftonville.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has praised his side's attacking prowess following their 3-0 win over Cliftonville in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier.

Mikael Lustig, Georgios Samaras and James Forrest were on target for the Scottish Champions, giving them a three-goal lead to take into the home leg.

"I'm delighted. We played well and scored three goals and created a lot of chances," Sky Sports News quotes Lennon as saying.

"Hopefully we have a clean bill of health. It was a sticky game for us and we dealt with it very well.

"A lot of the talk has been about our pre-season and the results but we just wanted to try to get right for these games."

Lennon went on to speak of his pride at taking Celtic to play a Champions League tie in his home country of Northern Ireland.

"It meant a lot to me personally, bringing a team back home," he added.

"It was a special occasion and I wanted it to be right. I couldn't have asked for any more of the occasion. Both sets of supporters were brilliant."

The second leg takes place at Celtic Park next Tuesday.

Celtic's boss Neil Lennon on the touchline during the Scottish Cup quarter final against St Mirren on March 2, 2013
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