Sunday 19 November 2017

Lennon looking to capitalise on Rangers slip-up

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is looking for his side to capitalise on Rangers' slip-up in the SPL title race.

A double from Anthony Stokes gave the Hoops a 2-0 victory at Inverness in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off, before the Gers were held to a goalless draw by St Johnstone at Ibrox.

And with Celtic due to play Dunfermline and St Mirren before Rangers face Kilmarnock next Sunday, the champions' lead could be cut to four points by the time they visit Rugby Park.

But while Celtic look as if they could be forcing their way back into contention, Lennon is focusing on their game in hand against the Pars on Wednesday.

"We have to make the most of that," he said. "We look forward to that and are in good spirits.

"I am pleased that we are finding a bit of consistency and a few individuals are finding the consistency and playing at the levels that they can.

"It was important to win the game against Inverness.

"You always go there with a little bit of trepidation because you just never know what you are going to get.

"We were fortunate with the conditions being as mild as they were, but the attitude was brilliant and I was delighted."

Lennon praised midfielder Ki Sung-yueng for his contribution as a second-half substitute after recovering from a virus which had required a stay in hospital during the international break.

"Ki manipulates the ball well and passes it well," Lennon added.

"We were worried that he hadn't played much football in two weeks, that's why we didn't take the chance by starting him."

Lennon's squad has also been boosted by the addition of former Arsenal trainee Andre Blackman, who has agreed an undisclosed deal with the Parkhead club.

The 21-year-old Englishman, who can play at full-back and in midfield, impressed after a trial period in Glasgow.

Irish Independent

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