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Neil Lennon slams Shakhter Karagandy for lack of respect

Updated: Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 11:28 | Comments

Neil Lennon is unhappy with the quotes coming from Shakhter Karagandy ahead of their second Champions League qualifier
Neil Lennon is unhappy with the quotes coming from Shakhter Karagandy ahead of their second Champions League qualifier

Neil Lennon has accused Shakhter Karagandy boss Viktor Kumykov of boastful disrespect towards Celtic ahead of their Champions League play-off second-leg tie at Parkhead on Wednesday night.

The Hoops are 2-0 down from the game against the Kazakh champions in Astana and Shakhter's Russian coach has been quoted as saying they would "score a pair of goals" in Glasgow to take them through to the group stages.

At Celtic's training complex in Lennoxtown this morning, Hoops manager Lennon hit back, saying: "We know we have to win the game by three goals.

"If they score we need to score four, if they score two - according to their manager - then we need to score five.

"I think it (their confidence) is very dangerous and it can always come back to bite you.

"This is a two-game tie and it is disrespectful to my team as well. I don't need to motivate my players for tomorrow night but if they want to keep talking the way they are doing then that's fine."

"I think it is very dangerous and it can always come back to bite you" - Neil Lennon

Lennon confirmed that midfielder Beram Kayal will miss the game with a groin complaint that will keep him out for a fortnight.

The Israel international picked up the injury in Saturday's 2-2 home Scottish Premiership draw with Inverness and while Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk was troubled with a hamstring at the weekend, he will be fit.

Anthony Stokes (calf), Georgios Samaras (toe), Derk Boerrigter (ankle), James Forrest (sciatica) all missed the game against Caley but should train today.

Kris Commons also missed the match with a groin strain and will not train but Lennon is not ruling him out.

He said: "We are hoping that four of the five who missed Saturday will take part in training today but whether they finish the session is another thing."

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