Their return to the group stage after a four-year absence was edgy and evenly-contested but Celtic claimed a point at home on matchday one before their next two Group G games, both away, to Spartak Moscow and Barcelona.
Neither side looked likely to claim a winner last night but Lennon was pleased that his team, 10 of whom had not played in the Champions League before, had held such an experienced Portuguese side. "I always felt we could compete and I hope we have gained a little bit more respect from the footballing world," said the Celtic manager.
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The manager, whose team was booed off the pitch for the second time in four days, said he remained "very positive" despite Scotland taking only two points from the opening Hampden double-header against Serbia and, last night, Macedonia. His assessment was that Scotland were only two points behind joint Group A leaders Serbia, Belgium and Croatia. That overlooked the obvious fact that Scotland have already dropped four home points before facing either of the strongest- looking teams in the section, Croatia and Belgium.