Celtic’s hopes of advancing through the group stages of the Champions League are hanging by a thread as they are at the bottom of Group H and with 2 matches remaining they will need to win all the encounters which is scheduled to be against Ac.Milan and Barcelona.
Having only picked up 3 points out of the 4 matches played, it has not been the best of seasons for the Scottish club in the Champions League.
The situation is so dyer that Neil Lennon said that the dream of qualification will be an uphill battle.
“It is imperative that we beat Milan at Celtic Park if we are to have any chance of qualification. We were very flat in the first half and I think some players will have regrets because they were nowhere near their best and at this level you can’t have that.”
Celtic also announced the 3 year contract signed with Anthony Stokes as the Republic of Ireland international player has enjoyed a new lease of life under manager Neil Lennon this season following Gary Hooper’s summer departure to Norwich City.
The 25 years old forward managed to score 5 goals in 16 appearances for the club since signing from Hibernian back in 2010.
The signing was confirmed by Celtic’s twitter account.
“Celtic is delighted to announce that Anthony Stokes has today signed a new three-year contract with the club.”
Stokes added on the club’s official website: “I’ve been happy enough with the way it’s gone for me this season. I’d have liked a few more goals by now but that’ll come.
“We’re unbeaten in the league, we’ve been doing reasonably well in Europe and we need to get another couple of results now after that big win over Ajax. Overall, I’ve been delighted. I’m enjoying my football and I’m hoping this just helps me kick on’’.