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Lennon wants Celtic players to 'embrace' Barcelona challenge

The Hoops boss played his part in two memorable encounters with the Catalan giants and is looking for "heroes" in Tuesday's Champions League clash at Camp Nou

Neil Lennon wants his Celtic players to be "heroes" tonight as they prepare for the unenviable task of trying to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou.

The Hoops boss is no stranger to leaving the Catalan capital unscathed having secured two memorable draws in consecutive years, playing a major role in the 1-0 aggregate win that took the club through to the Uefa Cup quarter-finals in 2003-04.

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He returned the following season to secure the Scottish club's first ever Champions League point on the road and is hoping his current crop of players can pull a similar rabbit out of the hat on Tuesday night.

The Spanish giants are missing several key defensive players and Lennon is confident that his side can emerge with a positive result, admitting that they are currently "in a good place" after walloping St Mirren 5-0 at the weekend.

"I am hoping there will be 11 or 14 heroes, not just one," Lennon told reporters.

"Players have already made their name in this competition and I am hoping a few more do it tonight.

"We have to be compact and play with a great intensity but what we do have is pace, good technical ability and we come off a great performance at the weekend.

"We are in a good place at the minute. We are hoping that the bubble doesn't burst but if it does then we can pick ourselves up very quickly.

"But it is a good challenge for the players and one that they should embrace."

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