MORTEN WIEGHORST has warned Celtic they will need to find a way past Malmo’s ‘Neil Lennon’ if they want a precious Champions League away goal tonight.

The former Celtic player believes the return of banned midfielder Enoch Adu will be a huge boost for the Swedish side.

The 24-year-old missed the first leg at Parkhead through suspension but Wieghorst, who launched the Ghanaian’s career, has revealed that Adu will protect Malmo’s back four in the way Lennon did at Celtic.

“Enoch will take the sting out of the game,” said Morten, who is now a club manager his native Denmark. “He keeps the ball so well and is good at passing under pressure. He makes things simple and is not an attack-minded player, so he’s never drawn out of position.

“He is a bit like Neil Lennon in his style. Under-rated but every team needs a player like that and Enoch was brilliant for me at Nordsjaelland. The only difference between him and Neil is Enoch’s not a tackler like Lenny, who loved a tackle!”

Wieghorst discovered Adu in 2010 when he was manager of Nordsjaelland and although Morten moved on to bigger jobs, the ex-Celtic midfielder watched with pride as the legacy he left behind saw little Nordsjaelland win the Danish title in 2012 and then face Chelsea and Juventus in a glamorous Champions League group.

Adu was so impressive in the clash against Chelsea in Copenhagen, that captain John Terry sought out the Ghanaian long after the game for a 45 minute chat to tell Adu he’d done well and had a bright future.

That didn’t surprise Wieghorst, who always knew Adu had the technical ability to be a top player, but was also certain the little man had the mentality to be one too, after Enoch’s sub-zero initiation into Scandinavian football.

“Enoch had been in the youth system at Nice and came on trial for me at Nordsjaelland in February 2010 because of a Danish agent’s recommendation,” recalls Morten.

“You could see right away that he had great touch and passing. But it was the way he adapted to the conditions that made the biggest impression.

“It was really cold Danish winter’s day. We’d had a lot of snow and actually had to clear it off the training pitch before we could play.

“Enoch didn’t mind. Sure, he was freezing but he would not give into it. Sometimes African players cannot get used to the cold in Scandinavia - it’s much colder than Scotland - but Enoch did.

“I was at the match Nordsjaelland played against Chelsea, even though I had taken over Denmark’s under-21 by then, and Nordsjaelland did very well against a strong Chelsea side. Enoch kept the ball well and built the game from the back.

“That got Enoch a move to Bruges two months later, which is what Nordsjaelland are all about as a selling club. He’d played in all six group games against Chelsea, Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk.

“That experience was what Malmo wanted when they bought him from Bruges a year ago. Enoch played in the group stages with Malmo last season and although I’ve not seen him play recently because of my own commitments as manager of Aarhus, here in Denmark, Enoch’s calmness on the ball is going to be crucial for Malmo when Celtic attack.”