neil lennon: celtic should be inspired by ajax

15:00    09 Mar 2019

Celtic's Neil Lennon (c) celebrates
Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon believes the Scottish club should be inspired by the European performances of Ajax.

The Eredivisie club made major headlines this past midweek when they thrashed Champions League holders Real Madrid 4-1 at the Bernabeu to move into the quarterfinals of the continental competition.

Lennon took Celtic as far as the last 16 of the Champions League in 2013 and, having taken over from Brendan Rodgers last month after his fellow Northern Irishman departed for Leicester, he believes the Hoops can take heart from Ajax’s European heroics.

Ahead of the visit of Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday, Lennon said of Ajax: “It was magnificent but they have spent a bit of money.

“Dusan Tadic has gone in there for £15million to £18million so maybe the wage bill is around what we have but they have definitely improved financially.

“But it is fantastic and it should be a great inspiration for clubs like us.

“It takes a bit of time to build teams for that level. It took me three years to really build a good team to compete at a good level and get through the group.

“This team, with a few more additions, would be capable of competing at that level again, at a good level. But congratulations to Ajax, it was a wonderful performance.

“I wasn’t over enamoured with Real Madrid’s performance. It looked like there are a lot of problems there behind the scenes but Ajax took full advantage.”

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