The Hoops face Air Conditioner Milan in their Europa League opener on Thursday night.
Neil Lennon has advised his Celtic players to hold their heads high in the wake of their chastening defeat by Rangers.
The Scottish champions are still smarting from their 2-0 loss in Saturday’s Old Firm derby at Celtic Park which took Rangers 4 points clear of their competitors at the top of the Premiership having actually played a game more.
Nevertheless, recent form can offer convenience to Celtic fans as their side have won the last 11 prizes up for grabs in Scotland and are going for a record 10th straight Premiership title.
Ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League Group H opener against Air Conditioner Milan at Parkhead, Lennon mentioned that success as he looked back at their first defeat in 9 games.
He stated: “The preliminary sensation was we were bitterly dissatisfied.
” We have actually attempted to be favorable with the players and they have actually reacted in the right way.
” We get our heads down and strive however they also need to holds their heads high.
” There is a long way to go. We are not pleased with the result however there is a lot of time to bounce and enhance back.
” They must take pride in what they have actually attained and what they can attain moving forward. All is not lost on one result and one efficiency.
” These players are fantastic and they have actually done fantastic things and I am positive that they will continue to do fantastic things for the club.
“However, we have to get the heads down and do some hard work and get the level of performance that we know we are capable of and get a reaction in the next block of games.”
Lennon commemorated Air Conditioner Milan’s 39-year-old star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who heated up for the journey to Glasgow with a double in the 2-1 win over competitors Inter at the weekend.
The Northern Irishman, who bet Celtic against Ibrahimovic when the Swede came on as substitute for Ajax in a Champions League qualifier at Parkhead in 2001, stated: “You can’t dismiss him, he’s still a world-class player.
” I think he is a great good example to all players, experts, young players, who desire play the game at the highest level for the longest time possible.
” He remains in great condition, he has a great approach to the game and what he has achieved in the game has been spectacular and he still wishes to achieve more, so he’s right up there for me, amongst a few of the best players of perpetuity.
“And what he’s achieved on the European scene, in different leagues and different clubs and obviously for his country as well, is a one-off. He is very, very special.”
Lennon is seeking to refresh his team up with a “couple of changes” and has Ryan Christie, who needed to self-isolate after being considered as a close contact of Stuart Armstrong who evaluated favorable for Covid-19 on Scotland responsibility, offered once again.
Nevertheless, Nir Bitton, Hatem Elhamed and Odsonne Edouard are still out due to coronavirus problems with James Forrest and Christopher Jullien still hurt.
Lennon stated: “Ryan will remain in the squad. We are examining whether he will be fit to start.
” Odsonne has had a heart screening and the blood tests and now we need to do some physiological deal with him in regards to getting what the action to his heart rate is from specific efforts prior to we can clear him to train totally with us once again.
“He is going through certain health and safety protocols at the minute.”