Champions League: Celtic manager Neil Lennon insists AC Milan are a threat
Celtic boss Neil Lennon claims AC Milan's current form will have no bearing on the outcome of Tuesday's tie at Parkhead.
Last Updated: 26/11/13 10:52am
Saturday's 1-1 home draw against Genoa, a match which witnessed Mario Balotelli miss his first penalty as a professional, dropped the Rossoneri to 11th in Serie A - 18 points adrift of leaders Juventus.
But Lennon, who watched the game, claims he saw enough from Milan to know they cannot be written off as they go in search of the victory which will see them qualify for the last 16 along with Group H leaders Barcelona.
However, a victory for Celtic, and a win for Barca over Ajax in Amsterdam, puts the home side's destination in their own hands ahead of a trip to the Nou Camp on December 11 and Lennon is adamant his team will not be overawed by the occasion, or the enormity of the task they face.
"It's a great game for the players to be involved in, a game we have to win to have any chance of qualification," he said.
"We have performed very well in the group apart from the first half in Amsterdam and I want that to continue here tomorrow.
"I don't think we need much incentive or motivation for the game as we're playing against a very good side despite what their recent league form is showing.
"I watched their game on Saturday. They dominated against Genoa and were unfortunate not to win. Some of the football they played, and the tempo they played at, was of a very high calibre.
"The defeat in Amsterdam has put us in a difficult position and put more emphasis on the fact we have to win but the players know what's at stake and they are all in good spirits today.
"There's no pressure on me and I'll try and transform that to the players as well. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain and that is a great position for us to be in."