Monday 21 October 2019

Old Firm clash not a title changer says Celtic boss Neil Lennon

CELTIC manager Neil Lennon recognises tomorrow's Old Firm clash with Rangers is unlikely to be decisive in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title race.

The Bhoys host Rangers at Parkhead one point behind their rivals in the SPL table, having won eight straight games to reduce a 15-point deficit.

It gives Celtic a fighting chance of wrestling the SPL trophy from Ibrox for the first time in four years.

"I want to win things and there is a real determination in the camp to start winning trophies this season," Lennon said.

"But there is still a lot of football to go."

Lennon is delighted with his team's character after the 2-1 win over Kilmarnock sent his side into the derby in rude health.

"We are improving all the time and the players have a good mentality," Lennon said.

"Ki Sung-yueng has been very good since he recovered from a virus, Scott Brown got stronger as the game went on and Cha Du-ri has been fantastic in the last three or four games.

"Then you have the likes of Gary Hooper, Joe Ledley, Victor Wanyama and James Forrest who have been very consistent since the start of the season.

"There were things we already knew about the players from last season but again they have shown a lot of character and produced big goals in big moments in games.

"Any slip-up could have cost us and the only blip we have had since the Hearts defeat (in October) is the 0-0 game at home against Hibs when we didn't play as well as we could have done.

"But it can change again. There were some things in the Killie game that didn't please me and I know we can play better."

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