Lennon: Celts can make history

Joe McHugh

NEIL Lennon has urged his players to etch their name in Celtic history when they attempt to clinch the SPL title tomorrow at Kilmarnock.

Lennon played in five title-winning Celtic teams, with his last championship coming in 2007 at Kilmarnock when a last-minute Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick hit the net to trigger amazing scenes among the supporters and players.

Just one point is needed in Ayrshire to clinch the title, but no-one at Parkhead needs reminding of how Kilmarnock ambushed Celtic's treble hopes in the League Cup final.

With the financial crisis at Rangers again dominating the headlines, Lennon has attempted to keep things low key in the build-up to tomorrow's match.

"Players can make a name for themselves in a game like this," the Hoops boss said. "It's like a Celtic v Rangers match, these are the games that the fans remember most, where they were on the day and who clinched the title.

"Over the years, you look back with pride on the special days, fans remember it for the rest of their lives and players can etch their name on the club's history by achieving something.

"The players have been fantastic this season and they know that they just have a bit more work to do.

"We're keeping the training bubbly, but in terms of preparation it's been no different from any other week.

"Hopefully they can play as well as they can and finish it off with a bit of style."

James Forrest and Thomas Rogne are major injury doubts for the game.