Neil Lennon: 'We deserved to win'

Lennon: 'We deserved to win'
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Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes that his side deserved to win their match against HJK Helsinki this evening.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has expressed his belief that his side were the superior team in their 2-0 Champions League win over HJK Helsinki this evening.

Goals from Joe Ledley and Georgios Samaras secured Celtic's passage through to the next round. Lennon was delighted to win a match that he admitted had been troubling him for a while.

"I have been agonising over this tie for a long, long time, probably since we picked up the [league] trophy in May. I have been in a wee bubble for the last six or seven weeks so it s big relief for myself and a big release of pressure," said Lennon.

"It was a really tough tie. The first goal was huge, if it had gone to HJK Helsinki it would have given them a massive lift but overall, on the balance of the game, we were the far superior team.

"It was a really tough tie. Psychologically for me, it is big because I haven't got through the last couple of years but we have built a good team here and they delivered tonight and answered a lot of questions."

The result guarantees the Scottish champions at least a place in the Europa League group stages.

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