• Champions League

Lennon wary of drawing United or Dortmund

ESPN staff
December 20, 2012
Celtic will find out who they will face in the Champions League on Thursday © PA Photos

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is particularly keen to avoid being drawn against Manchester United or Borussia Dortmund in the knockout phase of the Champions League.

The draw for the last-16 will take place on Thursday at 10.30am, with Celtic eagerly awaiting their fate after they finished as runners-up in Group G.

Lennon is expecting a tough test regardless of the opponents but has earmarked Sir Alex Ferguson's United and Bundesliga champions Dortmund as ties to avoid.

"Every one of them's a quality side," Lennon told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I'd like to avoid maybe Manchester United and Dortmund.

"But, whoever we get, we'll take - we're really looking forward to it and excited about it."

Champions League pots

Group winners: Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke 04, Malaga, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United.

Group runners-up: FC Porto, Arsenal, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia, Celtic, Galatasaray

-The group winners will be drawn against the group runners-up.

-Teams from the same country cannot be drawn against each other.

-Sides who met each other in the group stage cannot be drawn against each other.

-Group winners will play the away leg first.

-The first legs will take place on February 12/13 & 19/20; the second legs will take place on March 5/6 & 12/13.

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