Celtic boss Neil Lennon has asked fans not to bring offensive banners ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Lazio.

The Glasgow side were charged by UEFA for illicit banners and illicit chants after the Green Brigade displayed numerous banners throughout their 2-1 win over Lazio in October. Their case will be dealt with on November 21.

The two sides face off at the Olympic Stadium in Rome where a section of the stands will be closed for the game as a punishment by UEFA after Lazio fans sang racist chants towards Rennes players.

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The Hoops boss hopes that the fans can leave that behind them and show Lazio how good their supporters are and not tarnish their good fan reputation.

He said: “I’m not going to come out and criticise our supporters. In the main they are good but that doesn’t help.

“We do have a great reputation as a club worldwide and we want to maintain that.

“I can’t speak on behalf of those people with the banners, but it doesn’t do the club any good.

“In the main we’ve got a great reputation for travelling in Europe. I want that to continue, for the fans to go and enjoy the experience.

“I don’t think there’s any animosity between the two clubs.

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“This is something that is separate from the football, and we want to quell that as quickly as possible before we, or anyone else, travels out there.”

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien, who scored the winning goal against Lazio, said he isn’t concerned about racists chants from fans.

He said: “We have to be focused on us. I’m not scared about that.

“I’m focused on the field, but I really hope the two sets of fans can make a great atmosphere. Does booing me get to me? Oh no, I love that!

“I don’t know if it makes me a better player, but it makes me more focused.

“When you play away in a hostile environment, and you can make the crowd silent, it’s enjoyable.”