Celtic boss Neil Lennon claims his side’s historic 2-1 win at Lazio last night was “almost on a par” with beating Barcelona during his reign.

Celtic booked their place in the Europa League last 32 with a dramatic victory at the Olimpico as ex-Genoa man Olivier Ntcham scored deep in stoppage time, in turn all-but-eliminating Lazio from the competition.

“I’m so happy and so proud of the team, not just winning the game but the way they played the game and the character and bravery they showed and real quality,” Lennon said after the game.

“This team keeps setting new boundaries for itself. It’s a historic night and the scenes at the end is something that will live with me for ever.

“To come here and be as good as that and to have qualified after four games is unheard of for Celtic in Europe.”

The result also came seven years to the day the Scots beat Barca 2-1 in the Champions League.

“It’s an amazing night for the team and the club. To beat Barcelona was a great achievement by that team and a great for the club, but this is almost on a par. It’s just behind it.

“The performance pleased me more than anything. If we had drawn, I would have been delighted. But to cap it off with a brilliant goal is just special.”

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