NEIL LENNON has declared his intent to make Scottish footballing history and surpass Jock Stein’s 9-in-a-row record from 1974. The Irishman is already in esteemed company having become the second Celtic manager to win 9IAR last season but has now set his sights on going one step further.
Speaking to the Official Celtic Website, the manager of the Scottish Champions said that the players did not need any more motivation but that they will know how much this season means to everyone associated with the club.
“A lot of people say that players shouldn’t need motivation and that is, to a certain extent, true.
“Players have their own self-motivation, but from a club point of view, from the supporters point of view and certainly from the group of players, they’re going for something that’s never been done before and I think that’s a huge incentive for them in terms of winning the league.
“We have to focus them and try not to get too ahead of ourselves, and obviously take each game as it comes, but it’s a huge motivation for the players this year, and any new ones coming in – it will be embedded into them very, very quickly what’s required.”
Celtic were on track to win another Treble when the league was called but can still win the Scottish Cup when football resumes later in the year. The Scottish Champions were 13 points clear when the Coronavirus pandemic halted the league prematurely, meaning that Lennon’s team couldn’t improve upon that lead.
Lennon will know how important this next year is and he will stress that to any players that arrive but the rest of the squad will know how important this year is for the club. Continuity is a big thing and that is why re-signing guys like Forster and Elyounoussi is imperative, they know what is expected of them at Celtic.