NEIL LENNON had an immediate response to the possibility of playing Rangers in Europe: “Carnage!”

The Celtic boss helped to guide the Hoops through to the Europa League knock-out stages next year when his team overcame Lazio 2-1 Rome on Thursday.

Later on the same evening, Steven Gerrard’s side beat Porto 2-0 at Ibrox to edge closer to qualification which could be cemented with a good result against Dick Advocaat’s Feyenoord in Rotterdam near the end of the month.

Clubs from the same country cannot face each other until the last 16 of the competition.

Lennon has put on a united front of praise for the domestic game, but laughed when he was asked his thoughts on the possibility of a European showdown against their Glasgow rivals.

The Irishman, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “It would be carnage! We’d have to play a one-off game somewhere, behind closed doors.

“But both clubs are serving Scotland very well at 
the minute.”

Lennon is now viewing Premiership points tomorrow afternoon against Motherwell and added: “We’ve got to get the players down because we it’s an important game.”



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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