The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has dismissed suggestions that he feels that the 1-1 draw with Arbroath will have a significant effect when the team takes on Spartak Moscow at Celtic Park in the Champions League. Celtic were coming into the match against Arbroath in the Scottish cup fourth-round replay looking to banish memories of the first match. However, they were held to a 1-1 draw with the minnows from the second division, which has once again increased the pressure on the manager. Celtic were on course to record a 1-0 win over the team, but Arbroath scored in the match with just 4 min remaining on the clock.
Neil Lennon made significant changes to the starting line-up for this match, but still, they were expected to win the match without any major incidents. This draw comes as a shock to the players, fans, and the manager. However, Lennon has said that he feels that this match will have no influence on the midweek encounter with Spartak Moscow. The Ukrainian team will have no opportunity to qualify for the next round of the Champions League, but Celtic come with a need of three points in order to progress after having lost the previous match.
“It will have absolutely no bearing on Wednesday whatsoever. It will be a different team, a different opposition, a different atmosphere and a different prize at the end of it so the players will be fully focused and I am hoping to get a different scoreline. You always feel that at 1-0 anything can happen and it did. We have missed a hatfull of chances to see the game off but we are still in the competition,” said the Celtic manager, who is coming under increasing pressure following a recent run of poor results in the league and Europe.