Lennon proud despite defeat
Neil Lennon believes Juventus' class shone through as they ended Celtic's UEFA Champions League hopes on Wednesday but says his players 'did the club proud'.
The Bhoys put in another battling display in Turin but could not avoid a 2-0 defeat which sealed Juve's 5-0 aggregate victory to see them through to the quarter-finals, with Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella finding the back of the net.
Lennon lamented his side's lack of finishing on the night, with the visitors creating plenty of chances they failed to convert, but voiced his pride after an extraordinary European run.
"I'm very proud tonight to be a manager here in this fantastic arena. They've done the club very proud," he told Sky Sports.
"On the night was it a fair result? Class tells in the end and I think that's what happened with the two games. I think quality counts, at the end of the day.
"The last 16 is cut-throat and Juventus were clinical over two games.
"I thought at times our finishing let us down. Our build-up play was very good, (it was) just our execution."
Lennon's relatively young squad impressed throughout the campaign and the manager believes they should take the experience forward.
"I hope they've learned a lot. I hope that they move on with their careers," he said. "I hope these young guys blossom from this experience."
Hello, regular commenting on Orange News and Sport pages closes on Thursday 30 May 2013. We will continue to provide a commenting facility on major news and sport events on orangeworld.co.uk. Contact us via http://oran.ge/OWfeedback if you have any further questions. Thanks.