ltic manager Neil Lennon has dismissed claims from Cluj that it would take a “miracle” for the Romanian champions to knock Celtic out of the Champions League.

Cluj, who are managed by former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu, claimed his side would be at a major financial disadvantage when they come up against Celtic in the third qualifying round.

Petrescu believes his side upset the odds against Astana and Maccabi Tel Aviv in the opening two rounds and will need to punch above their financial weight again.

However, Lennon told the media in Romania: “I don’t really buy into Dan’s comments that it would be a miracle.

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

Lennon, who has seen right-back Hatem Abd Elhamed shake off the dead leg he suffered in Saturday’s 7-0 thrashing of St Johnstone, added: “We have got a bit of momentum, we had a great result at the weekend.

“All that will give us is a bit of impetus going into 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