Friday 17 November 2017

Lennon plays down talk of Old Firm clash distractions

Roddy Forsyth

Celtic manager Neil Lennon shot down any notions he would pick a side to play against Kilmarnock tonight with one eye on Sunday's Old Firm clash at Ibrox.

The Hoops boss travels to Rugby Park tonight insisting his focus is on the first of Celtic's two games in hand, with his team four points behind Rangers -- who last night cruised to a 4-0 victory over eight-man Dundee United.

Lennon, putting his off-field concerns to one side after weekend security issues, expressed himself heartened by the manner of Sunday's 4-0 victory over Aberdeen.

"I thought we were excellent," he said. "We prepared them as though for a league game, a must-win game, but that's gone now.

Stodgy

"They'll get a wee bit of confidence from Sunday's performance because the previous two games were a wee bit stodgy.

"Again, there were reasons for that but I hope we can go to Kilmarnock and play the way we want to play. It's a huge game and a difficult game because Kilmarnock play very well, particularly at home.

"It might be an open game and that might suit us so we'll pick a team accordingly.

"Obviously, there's a huge incentive for us to win the game ahead of Sunday's game but we're not even thinking about the Old Firm game until Thursday."

One setback for Celtic, however, is the loss of Joe Ledley, who limped off during Sunday's semi-final and who looks unlikely to involved against Rangers.

"His scan came back but it wasn't conclusive on how bad the injury is," said Lennon.

"He'll not be figuring against Kilmarnock and will be a doubt for Sunday." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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