Thursday 22 March 2018

Lennon eyes away form as key to Celtic appointment

Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon feels their second comeback win at Parkhead in five days has boosted his chances of landing the post permanently but he knows his hopes could depend on improving their away form.

Goals in the last 10 minutes from Marc-Antoine Fortune and substitute Morten Rasmussen earned Celtic a 3-2 victory over Hibernian and means Rangers are still waiting to wrap up the title despite their 2-0 victory over Hearts.

Lennon claimed on Friday that Celtic could still win the league but, with Rangers moving to within a point of the title with victory over Hearts, pride is now the main motivation for the players.

But the former Celtic skipper is also desperate to keep his job and believes the latest win is some evidence he can do so.

"Yes, why not?" he said. "I've had one blip, well a big blip, and I accepted that and the players accepted that.

"That was a big win. That's four wins in a row, which we haven't done for a long time in the SPL so I'm really proud of them."

"My worry is, we have won two home games ... can we replicate that away from home?"

Robbie Keane slotted home a fourth-minute opener but Derek Riordan fired in from 20 yards moments later and Anthony Stokes gave Hibs the lead from the spot early in the second half.

But Lennon hailed his side's character to put Hibs under sustained pressure before the late turnaround.

"Regardless of where I go in management, if I'm lucky enough to get a job, I will take that same passion and love for the game wherever I go.

"But I'm really enjoying my time here and I just want to get the best for the club in the next few weeks," he added.

Irish Independent

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