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Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Picture credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Picture credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Picture credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

CELTIC boss Neil Lennon says Partick Thistle will be desperate to put a stop to Celtic's title party at Firhill tonight.

Aberdeen's 1-1 draw with Ross County on Tuesday night means the Hoops can wrap up their third successive Scottish Premiership crown with a win over their Glasgow neighbours.

But Lennon does not think Alan Archibald's men will be happy to see his side celebrating on their Maryhill turf.

He said: "They have their own self-pride and pride in their club. And they have an agenda – to avoid second-bottom place. They are fighting for their lives so it is a not a foregone conclusion that the title will be wrapped up this week.

"But the players and myself are looking forward to the Thistle game. It is midweek, a full house, a local derby and that is enough to whet the appetite. We are playing very well at the minute and I would like that to continue."

If Lennon's men fail to get the three points they need against the Jags, they will have a second chance to clinch the title before the top-flight split when they face Ross County at home at Celtic Park on Saturday.

SPENDING

Lennon, meanwhile, does not believe Rangers or Aberdeen will spend big in their bid to catch up with Celtic, but warned that the Parkhead club have the cash in reserve to see off any would-be challengers.

Former Ibrox director Dave King, who lost £20million at the club during a previous regime, is looking to affect change at Rangers with a fresh share issue, and is prepared to put in £30m in his bid to make the Scottish League One champions competitive with their traditional city rivals again.

The South Africa-based Glasgow businessman's claim came a couple of days after Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne, celebrating the Dons' Scottish League Cup final victory parade, told fans that he would "do everything in our powers" to get closer to the Parkhead club in the league.

However, the Hoops boss said: "I wouldn't imagine that would happen. I think the owners of clubs are far too astute for spending big money and trying to chase it."


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