Lennon promises attacking approach

Neil Lennon says the Champions League qualifying draw could have been kinder to Celtic ahead of Tuesday's clash against Sarajevo.

Neil Lennon says Celtic will stick to their principles and adopt an attacking approach when they visit AIK in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Bhoys will head into the second-leg of their playoff round tie at the Friends Arena in Stockholm looking well placed to secure their spot in the group stage following last week’s 2-0 victory at Parkhead.

Goals from James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard helped establish Celtic’s strong position in the tie, but, even though they have a lead to hold onto, Lennon insists they will be looking to attack from the off on Thursday.

“We’re a front-foot team,” Lennon was quoted as saying by the Celtic website. “We’re not going to ask players to do something alien in the space of two or three days. Setting up defensively might be a recipe for disaster.

“We know we’re capable of scoring goals and we’ve shown that this season. If we can score one that would put us in a tremendous position in the tie.”

Despite his willingness to attack, Lennon has also acknowledged the threat that AIK will provide and he has urged his players to be wary of that.

“AIK are dangerous. They won at the weekend, they have good strikers and in Seb Larsson they have a very experienced, quality player who’s a threat at set-plays,” the 48-year-old added.

“Set-pieces are something we have to be very wary of. They have a good mentality and will believe the tie’s not over so we have to respect that as well.”