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Neil Lennon makes massive Europa claim

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Neil Lennon believes that a Scottish side could reach the final of the Europa League.

Celtic must overcome to reach the last 16 of the competition at which stage the draw becomes open.

The had been dropping in importance but the introduction of a group place for the winners has given the competition a new profile.

English and Spanish clubs have dominated the competition over the last decade but after seeing his side win home and away against Lazio to top their group Lennon can see a Seville type run opening up.

The BBC website reports:

“Yes, no doubt about it,” said Lennon when asked if a Scottish side could again reach the final. “Why not? We had great success in the last decade in 2003 and 2008 so I think these things can come round again. I’m hoping it will be us one day.”

To reach the 2003 final Celtic negotiated past VFB Stuttgart, Liverpool and in the new year before facing Porto in the final.

In the last two seasons Celtic have gone out at the Round of 32 to Zenit St Petersburg and but were unseeded in each case.

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