Neil Lennon praised Glasgow Celtic duo Christopher Jullien and Marian Shved on their debuts, as the club booked their place in the third round of Champions League qualifying on Tuesday evening.

Both summer signings made their first competitive appearances for the Hoops in their 2-0 victory over Nomme Kalju, as they completed a 7-0 aggregate victory in the second round qualifying tie.

Jullien started for Celtic in defence, before Shved came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining, as he rounded off the tie with a stunning stoppage time strike.

“We had good control over the course of the game, we scored another great goal towards the end,” Lennon told Celtic TV.

“I thought we could have had a few more, but I can’t ask any more than what the players are giving me at the minute.

“The squad is looking a lot better, we rested some important players. Christopher Jullien got his debut, Shved was great, and Lewis Morgan had another good run out.”

Jullien was a £7m summer signing from Toulouse, as Lennon looked to strengthen his back four ahead of the Scottish Premiership season kicking-off.

22-year-old Shved was brought in the add depth up the other end of the field back in January before being sent out on loan, and marked his long-awaited Celtic debut with a brilliant goal.

Both players played a key role in helping the Bhoys wrap up the tie in Estonia, as they avoided complacency to brush aside their opponents.

Celtic now face Romanian outfit CFR Cluj in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, and following their performances both Jullien and Shved could be in with a chance of featuring.

Lennon will be pleased that his squad as a whole are performing well so close to the start of the season, and will be hoping that form can continue into the opening weekend and also in the next round of their European campaign.


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