Oct 22, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Celtic Park
Celtic
2-1
Ajax
Forrest (45'), Kayal (54')
van Dijk (44')
Biton (89')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Schone (90')
Veltman (43'), Poulsen (44')

Neil Lennon hails "monumental" Celtic effort

Lennon hails
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon hails the "monumental effort" of his players during their 2-1 win over Ajax, which he feels puts them in a good position to qualify for the Champions League last 16.

Neil Lennon believes that Celtic have put themselves in a good position to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with their "fantastic" win over Ajax on Tuesday night.

The Bhoys survived Nir Biton's late red card and a stoppage-time reply from Lasse Schone to record a 2-1 victory at Parkhead, thanks to earlier goals from James Forrest and Beram Kayal.

Celtic are now two points behind second-placed AC Milan in Group H with three fixtures remaining, and Lennon has applauded the significant effort of his injury-depleted squad to put them in that position.

"I said they would give us problems and our squad is stretched, so that's a fantastic win for us and a monumental effort from the players tonight," Lennon told reporters.

"We needed our goalkeeper to make a great save just before we got the second goal, but I felt that in the second half tonight we were a lot better. We didn't keep the ball well enough for my liking in the first half but we grew into the game.

"It leaves us in a very good position. We will have to get a result in Amsterdam and that is going to be very difficult on tonight's evidence but it is not beyond us."

The Scottish outfit host AC Milan after the reverse fixture with Ajax in a fortnight's time, and then finish their group stage campaign with a visit to Barcelona.

James Forrest of Celtic is congratulated by teammate Virgil van Dijk of Celtic after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Celtic and Ajax at Celtic Park Stadium on October 22, 2013
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