NEIL LENNON has laughed off Dan Petrescu’s prediction that Celtic can WIN the Europa League this season, as Scotzine reported.

The Hoops will take on the former Romanian World Cup star’s Cluj side in Transylvania this evening as they complete Group E at the pinnacle after four wins and a draw from their five previous outings.

Lennon, with his side already booked for a place in Monday’s last-32 draw in Nyon, knows Cluj need a draw to join them in the ballot while Lazio are ready to face Rennes and are hoping the Scots can do them a favour.

Former Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday defender Petrescu was lavish with his praise of the Parkhead side as he said: “Celtic can go all the way. They can win the competition.”

Lennon, however, scoffed at the comment and, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “That’s a very nice compliment. We have to play a lot of football before we can do that.

“What we are delighted about id having topped the group and we look forward to the Europa League in the second half of the season and make inroads.

“It’s a nice compliment, but coming from Dan but he’s not getting away with that so easily!”

The game has a 5.55pm kick-off and Lennon has already left suspended skipper Scott Brown at home and has rested Callum McGregor, Fraser Forster, Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic ahead of the Premiership visit of Hibs on Sunday.



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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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