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Lennon urges high-flying Bhoys to stay grounded

Jamie Holland

Published 30/12/2011 | 05:00

CELTIC manager Neil Lennon wants his players to enjoy their return to the top of the Scottish Premier League but has warned them not to write off Rangers.

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Joe Ledley's second-half winner in the Old Firm game at Parkhead on Wednesday night enabled Lennon's Bhoys to leapfrog their arch rivals by two points at the top of the table.

Celtic's ninth SPL victory in a row completed a remarkable turnaround for the home side, who were 15 points behind the defending champions on November 5, albeit with two games in hand.

While delighted with the transformation, Lennon (right) is keen to ensure that there will not be a problem with complacency creeping into the club in 2012.

"I think we have come a long way in a short space of time," he said. "But Rangers are a top team and have been for a few years. They have a great mentality, so we have to be very wary. There is a long way to go before the championship is decided.

"We have to try and maintain our consistency. Hopefully, the victory over Rangers will help us do that because it will give the players a huge lift in terms of confidence."

Rangers have taken just 10 points from a possible 21 during the time Celtic have been on their winning streak.

The spotlight is now on Ally McCoist and his ability to lift the Govan club out of their slumber.

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