Football: Celtic refuse to write off miracle in Turin

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says his side's Scottish Cup win against St Mirren will give his players a huge boost going into their Champion League tie against Juventus.

The Hoops head to Turin on Wednesday to take on the Italian league leaders in the second leg of their last 16 tie.

Juventus comfortably won the first leg 3-0 in Glasgow giving Lennon's side a mountain to climb if they are to make the quarter-finals.

But after seeing off St Mirren 2-1 to book a place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals the Celtic manager would love to see his side end their Champions League campaign on a high with a win against Antonio Conte's side.

"What we would like to do is go there and compete and try and win the tie," Lennon said.

"We want to try and make it look like the score-line at Celtic Park was a little bit flattering to Juventus. We felt there wasn't that much between the teams although they did have a lot of class in their side as you would expect from Juventus.

"But, psychologically, today will give them a huge lift going into the game. I think it's a game very much to look forward to. If we can go there and win it will be a tremendous way to end the campaign.

"This is the Champions League and it's the blue riband event. We have had a marvellous season in it and we want to end on a high."

The Glasgow giants remain on course for a domestic league and cup double as they claimed a hard-fought 2-1 quarter-final win away to St Mirren on Saturday.

They made a flying start as James Forrest crossed for Joe Ledley to head past Craig Samson in the fifth minute, but a mistake from Emilio Izaguirre gifted St Mirren an equaliser in the 11th minute as Esmael Goncalves nodded home from close range.

A move direct from the training ground restored Celtic's lead in the 21st minute, however, with Forrest once again the supplier for Anthony Stokes to bullet a header past Samson at the far post.

A superb save from Samson denied Gary Hooper after the break while Fraser Forster produced heroics to keep out substitute Graham Carey's fierce free-kick as Celtic held off a late St Mirren rally.

With Celtic within touching distance of retaining their Scottish Premier League title, Lennon was delighted with the win that he said would keep his side on their toes until the semi-finals in April.

The Celtic manager was also happy to gain revenge for his side's League Cup semi-final defeat by the Buddies in January.

"It is always tough away from home no matter where you are and there was a lot riding on the game for both sides," Lennon said.

"I'm delighted as that's another semi-final to look forward to and keeps the season competitive now until at least April."

Celtic were joined in the last four by Falkirk who claimed a 2-1 win away to fellow First Division side Hamilton.

Dundee take on city rivals Dundee United for a place in the semi-finals while Kilmarnock host Hiberian in the other quarter-final, both on Sunday.

In the Scottish Premier League, Motherwell closed the gap at the top of the table to 16 points with a 2-1 win over managerless Hearts at Tynecastle while the Highland derby between Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle ended goalless.