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Neil Lennon is looking to pick up a win as Belfast side Cliftonville play host to the Scottish Premier League champions in the second qualifying round of the Champions League

Cliftonville face a difficult task as they host Celtic in the first leg of the Uefa Champions League second qualifying round.

Tommy Breslin's side qualified for the competition after winning the Irish Premiership last season, their first title since 1998. The Reds have started pre-season well, scoring 18 goals in their four friendly fixtures to date, including a 8-0 victory over Lurgan Celtic.

Aside from long-term absentees Chris Scannell and Barry Holland, as well as Ciaran Donaghy, Cliftonville will have a full panel to choose from. "Everyone is fit and ready to go," said Reds boss Breslin ahead of the clash.

Celtic, meanwhile, have failed to win any of their four pre-season friendlies this season, with their worst result coming against Greuther Furth who defeated the Scottish champions 6-2.

Neil Lennon will be without the services of Victor Wanyama, who recently joined Southampton, while striker Gary Hooper is unavailable.

Wales internationals Joe Ledley and Adam Matthews have not travelled to Belfast with the squad, but Efe Ambrose is available.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Cliftonville are the oldest club in Ireland, having been founded in 1879 by John McAlery.
  • To celebrate the club's 130th anniversary in 2009, Cliftonville took on Celtic in a friendly, which they won 3-0.
  • Cliftonville set a club record in their 2012-2013 title-winning campaign when they picked up 91 points in the league.
  • Last season was Cliftonville's most successful campaign after the club picked up a league and cup double.
  • Celtic manager Neil Lennon is a former Northern Ireland international and picked up 40 caps during his career.
  • The Bhoys took Cliftonville striker Liam Boyce on trial in 2010, while Reds striker Diarmuid O'Carroll began his professional career at Celtic Park.
  • In 1967, under the guidance of Jock Stein, Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup, defeating Inter 2-1 in the final.

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