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Bhoys won't let up in league run in: Lennon


NEIL LENNON wants Celtic to carry the form they showed in Saturday's 2-0 win over Dundee United into their five remaining fixtures.

After clinching the title with a 5-1 win over Partick Thistle, the Hoops looked in end of season mode last weekend as they drew 1-1 with Ross County.

With nothing tangible to play for over the remaining matches, motivation could be an issue, but on Saturday's evidence, the players look back on song with Georgios Samaras and Anthony Stokes, with his ninth goal since the new year, scoring the goals to keep their boss happy.

"Sometimes we get taken for granted," Lennon said. "You saw what a good team we are but sometimes it gets overlooked. We wanted to put a marker down in this game and we did that.

"People say there is no competition, but you still have to go out and do it. I know how difficult it is to play here and the expectations on the players. I don't take anything for granted and told the players after the match that they were fantastic.

"Traditionally, Dundee United against Celtic is a really good fixture, our fans come in their thousands and we had to make sure that they went home happy."

Off the park, Lennon faces one of his biggest challenges as he deals with a video that has emerged showing striker Leigh Griffiths singing an allegedly racist song in a pub before last Sunday's Hearts v Hibs derby.

Griffiths is a life-long Hibs fan and spent two loan spells at the club under Pat Fenlon before joining Celtic in January in a €1m deal from Wolves. Last Sunday, footage emerged of Griffiths (left) leading Hibs supporters in a chant of 'Hearts are going bust' which, while ill-advised, was hardly offensive in the context of what else goes on in Scottish football.

Yesterday, however, a video of him singing 'Rudi Skacel (former Hearts midfielder) is a f*****g refugee' emerged, which put his antics in an entirely different light.

Celtic issued a statement last week saying that they would defend Griffiths against an SFA disrepute charge for the original video, but the latest footage of the striker looks certain to cast a shadow over Griffiths with, many on-line supporters demanding that the club sack the player.