Neil Lennon admits his Celtic team need a ‘miracle’ in Turin

Celtic boss Neil Lennon says his team need a ‘miracle’ in Turin to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after their 3-0 home defeat to Juventus.

Goals from Alessandro Matri, Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic gave the Italians a comprehensive victory in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

The SPL champions head to Italy for the second leg in two weeks time and Lennon knows his team have a mountain to climb.

He said: "We need a miracle. We have to try to be competitive and try to work our way into the tie but last night was the harsh reality of football at this level.

"We didn't get off to a good start but our reaction was fantastic.

"For 70 or 80 minutes we played fantastic football and were on the front foot.

"We needed a goal and Efe Ambrose had a great chance and that would have galvanised us.

"But the second goal burst the bubble and if you make defensive mistakes at this level you get punished and that's what happened."

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