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Lennon wary of drawing United or Dortmund

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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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