Saturday 21 October 2017

Lennon wants to end on high

Neil Lennon is looking for Celtic to finish off the season in style with two more wins, starting against Dundee United at Tannadice today.

The SPL champions are on 90 points, two short of their total last year when they finished second to Rangers.

Lennon hopes his side improve upon that tally by taking maximum points from Tayside and then at home to Hearts next week, where Celtic will be presented with the SPL trophy -- although an improvement by just one point will be acceptable.

"We would like 96 points ideally but if we get to 93 I will be very pleased," said the former Celtic skipper, named SPL manager of the month for April. "But we want to better last year and if win one more game we will have done that and I will be delighted."

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Dunne calls for fans' support

Richard Dunne has called on Aston Villa fans who are planning a protest against boss Alex McLeish to unite behind the team at today's crucial Premier League clash with Tottenham.

Villa have not won in their last eight games and are just three points above the relegation zone, but Dunne hopes the Villa Park faithful will throw their support behind the team. "The fans want success and it's very difficult for everybody to understand why we're down there," he said.

"The best thing they can do is support us and whatever happens, happens after that. We just need the fans to stick with us."

O'Neill delight at league form

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is delighted with the club's progress over the season and is now eyeing up a top-half finish in the league as they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage today.

When O'Neill arrived, he feared a relegation battle was a distinct possibility but he now believes a top-half position is a realistic target. "We are just outside it at the moment. We really need to beat Fulham in that game and try to get something against Man United," he said.

"To give ourselves a chance, we would probably need to take four points from the last two games. Over the last three odd months, I have been absolutely delighted with the team, delighted with the effort that they put in to get clear of relegation and to be in a decent position with so many games left."

McCoist fears for the future

Ally McCoist believes other SPL clubs could face a threat to their livelihoods if Rangers are forced down to the third division. The 12 top-flight clubs will meet tomorrow to discuss financial fair play proposals that could mean tougher sanctions for insolvent clubs.

"I just hope it's a favourable result for us on Monday. I can understand that the SPL and the SFA have got big decisions to make and they won't please everybody," said McCoist after yesterday's goalless draw against Motherwell.

"There would be a threat to the livelihood of maybe some other clubs in the SPL if that (going down to the third division) were to happen. That's not something I would say lightly but in terms of the finance of Scottish football it's a massive issue."

Dortmund set points record

Already-crowned champions Borussia Dortmund thumped Freiburg 4-0 to set a Bundesliga season points record yesterday.

Dortmund, with two goals from Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski, finished on 81 points -- eight ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich, who crushed relegated Cologne 4-1.

Third-placed Schalke 04 will join them in Europe's premier competition next season after their 3-2 win at Werder Bremen, with the league's top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar striking twice.

Hertha's Anis Ben-Hatira struck twice against 10-man Hoffenheim, who had Ryan Babel sent off, and Raffael added another in stoppage- time.

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