‘I’ve seen many title celebrations before,’ Neil Lennon

NEIL LENNON, the professional football manager, wants to spoil the Celtic title party on Saturday at Easter Road. His Hibs side are looking for 4 wins from 5 to book second spot in the Premiership so although defeat to Celtic would not wreck that ambition it would make it a considerably more difficult task.

Lennon the supporter is saying nothing though, and who could blame him for that? As Celtic manager he started the the ball rolling with the first three title wins before making the strange decision to leave the job to try his luck in England.

The grass isn’t always greener but that’s all forgotten now as he builds a side at Easter Road that aims to be second only to Celtic in their first season back in the Premiership.

So for Neil Lennon, Saturday isn’t about stopping Celtic from partying at Easter Road for the sake of it, more it is about trying to get something for the game as his side chase down off form Aberdeen and Rangers in the league.

But he knows it’s going to be an uphill battle against a team hungry for 7 in a row glory and the fifth trophy from the six needed for a double treble.

“I’m apprehensive, as you normally are when you face Celtic,” Lenny said. “We’ve done OK against them this season but we’ve not beaten them yet as that’s a very hard thing to do.

“And when they are playing in full flow as you all saw on Sunday they are an excellent side.

“They are going to win the league – it’s just a question of when.

“But can I treat it as any other game? Yeah. I’ve got my priorities. With Kilmarnock only four points behind us and Aberdeen and Rangers three points ahead, it’s important I focus on my club.

“Yeah we’re playing Celtic and I’ve seen many title celebrations before, but I don’t want that to happen on Saturday.

“If that’s the case it means we’ve been beaten and I don’t want that to happen.”

Lennon laughed off suggestions that Celtic might prefer a draw so that they could rub salt into the Rangers’ wounds at Celtic Park a week on Sunday.

“I think if you’re in Brendan’s shoes, you’d want to win it as soon as possible because there’s no guarantees of winning the title.

“But if they play to the level they showed last week then it’s going to take a mighty performance to stop them.”

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