Neil Lennon believes Celtic ‘deserved more’ than defeat against Milan as he bemoans ‘soft goals’

By Oliver Fisher -

Celtic boss Neil Lennon felt his side were good value for a draw despite losing Thursday night’s Europa League opener 3-1 against AC Milan.

Milan got their Europa League group stage campaign off to the ideal start, beating the Scottish champions by a two-goal margin away from home.

It looked as though the Rossoneri would coast to victory as they took a 2-0 lead into the break thanks to goals from Rade Krunic and Brahim Diaz, the second coming minutes before the interval.

However, Mohamed Elyounoussi made it a very nervous last few minutes for the away side as he headed home from a corner to halve the deficit, though they could not force an equaliser.

Jens Petter Hauge restored the two-goal advantage in the final moments as he scored his first for the club with a composed finish.

Lennon spoke to the media after the game and revealed his belief that Celtic were hard done by.

“I thought we deserved better,” the Celtic manager said (via The Guardian).

“We conceded two soft goals in the first half but we were terrific in the second and deserved more. The response and reaction to a disappointing defeat on Saturday [against Rangers] was much better and, with players coming back and up to speed, there is a lot to be encouraged about. It’s slowly but surely coming back.”

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