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Lennon demands consistency from Bhoys

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has called for consistency from his players as they prepare to host Atletico Madrid in the Europa League tonight.

Lennon believes the Hoops produced one of their best efforts of the season so far when they romped to a 5-0 win over St Mirren at the weekend.

The emphatic victory helped Celtic haul themselves back into contention in the race to win the Scottish Premier League, with Rangers' lead at the summit slashed from 12 points to just four in the space of nine days.

Lennon now wants more of the same in the European clash.

He said: "I'm delighted with the players and with the character they have shown.

"There were signs that a few individuals were coming back to their best and it all came together on Saturday. We are just looking for more consistency now.

"I believe we have a really good crop of players who are exciting to watch at times and they can mix it a little bit as well. They are going to have to show all that in this game as well."

Third-placed Celtic need a win to have a realistic chance of qualifying from Group 1, with a visit to joint leaders Udinese awaiting them in their last group match. But Lennon believes a return to form in the SPL has given his players a massive boost.

He added: "Of course it lifts us when we see the team play as well as they can. That's all we ask of them.

"We are back in contention in the title race and we've now got a great game to look forward to."