Celtic were 'brilliant' to come back from early Sarajevo scare, says Lennon

  • Celtic were 'brilliant' to come back from early Sarajevo scare, says Lennon

Celtic were 'brilliant' to come back from early Sarajevo scare, says Lennon

Sarajevo take the lead against Celtic.

Scottish champions Celtic took a huge step towards qualifying for the Champions League group stage when they beat FK Sarajevo in the first leg of their opening tie, and after the contest their fans reacted to what they saw on social media.

The bhoys sloppy start was erased by a 25-yard belter by Mikey Johnstone, followed up by a cool finish by Odsonne Edouard and a cheeky backheel from Scott Sinclair to wrap up the victory.

"He was slipping a little bit but looked a lot more assured in the second half". His finish showed great composure.

The Bosnian side went a goal up but the Hoops responded emphatically, netting three times - including a stunner from youngster Mickey Johnston. It was a great hit and he did some special things in the game, so he can be delighted with his performance. But we are looking to move in the transfer market to help us get up and running in certain positions.' Meanwhile, Johnston hopes his wonder strike can keep him in the Celtic starting line-up. "It settled us and we had control after that". "He has not cropped up in any conversation so far".

On a sodden night in Sarajevo, Belgian left-back Boli Bolingoli, signed from Rapid Vienna for a reported fee of £3m, made his debut and there was a place for midfielder Ryan Christie, back from his face injury which kept him out since April. To score three goals away from home - no matter the level - at this stage of the season is very promising.

Lennon was pleased with what his side are taking into the second leg but insists the tie is not over.

"But the attitude, fitness of the players and quality of the goals at the end".

Michael Johnston battles for possession with Besim Serbecic (L) and Halid Sabanovic (R).