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Lennon asks for response

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is looking for his players to make amends for their Inverness debacle when they take on Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League at Rugby Park today.

The Hoops manager criticised his side for their lacklustre and "lazy" display in the 3-2 defeat at the Tulloch Caledonian stadium on Wednesday night. However, Celtic won 4-0 in impressive style when they visited Ayrshire last month and Lennon is looking for more of the same. "It's a game we have to win," said the Irishman.

"We want to play as well as we did two weeks ago and I will be looking for a big reaction from the players. Every time we have had a bad result this season we have bounced back well so I am looking for a positive reaction on Sunday and I'm pretty sure I will get it."

Lennon expects Emilio Izaguirre to return to form after the Honduran left-back, who won the Scottish PFA players' player-of-the-year award this season, turned in an uncharacteristically below-par performance against Caley. "He picked the wrong night to have a poor game by his standards. But he was not alone. So I am not going to talk about individual performances," said Lennon. "He has had a fantastic season, he still has a big contribution to make in the remaining three league games and the Scottish Cup final as well."

Shaun Maloney admits it would be devastating if Celtic failed to wrest the title back from Ibrox. Celtic have enjoyed the plaudits this season for some impressive performances and players like Izaguirre, Beram Kayal, Kris Commons and Gary Hooper have caught the eye.

"I'm sure the individual players who have won the awards are proud," he said. "But the main prize the group is looking for is the league. It's been like that since the first game and it would be devastating if we didn't win it.


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