Celtic manager Neil Lennon isn’t buying into comments from Cluj counterpart Dan Petrescu and insists they can’t afford to look beyond the Romanian champions (Match Betting – Cluj 21/10, draw 15/8, Celtic 13/10).

The Bhoys have made a solid start to the season both domestically and in Europe, but Wednesday’s third qualifying round tie against Cluj provides arguably their toughest test yet.

Celtic (1/3 Premiership outright) eased past Sarajevo and Nomme Kalju in the previous two rounds of qualifying, before winning 7-0 in their Premiership curtain-raiser at home to St Johnstone on Saturday.

They head to Romania with plenty of momentum, having scored 14 goals in their last three outings, while they have kept clean sheets in each of those matches.

Cluj boss Petrescu has stirred the pot ahead of Wednesday’s meeting by suggesting they would need a “miracle” to see off the Hoops.

However, Lennon doesn’t says he isn’t convinced by Petrescu’s remarks and feels the tie will be much more even.

Lennon said: “I don’t really buy into Dan’s comments.

“I don’t know the budgets of both teams, but I do know it will be competitive.

“We come here in good form, Cluj are in good form, so I think the tie is pretty even.

“We have got a bit of momentum, we had a great result at the weekend. It will have no real relevance on Wednesday night, but psychologically it’s good for the players to have a win and a performance like that going into such an important game.

“This is a totally different animal. This is Europe, away from home, against the Romanian champions.”

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