NEIL LENNON has pinpointed the Hibs threat that Celtic need to be wary of tomorrow. The Scottish Champions host the Easter Road outfit and Lennon knows that his side need to be at the top of their game if they are to see off the threat from Jack Ross’ side.
Speaking to the Official Celtic website, the manager said that there were a number of threats in the Edinburgh side that his Champions need be be aware of in order to avoid dropping points in Sunday’s clash.
“Hibs are a huge threat, and they’re as good as any team in the division. I know a lot of the players, I know Boyle, the two strikers, Nesbit and Doidge – Doidge can be a goalscorer and Nesbit has hit the ground running in the SPFL very well. They’re a threat, there’s no question of that.”
Doidge scored the equaliser on Sunday versus Rangers but Boyle and Nesbit have been their early season stars. Boyle and Doidge have scored three goals each so far whilst Nesbit has netted four times – the trio will be hoping to take advantage of Celtic’s European exploits, which Lennon knows his side need to be aware of.
The Irishman will be aware of what a lot of the Hibs players can offer but the Hibees are a different side to the team that Lennon managed, as he paid respect to Jack Ross. Ross, who has managed Sunderland and St Mirren, has enjoyed a fine start to life in Edinburgh after being appointed last year.
“I know some of the players very well, but I’ve been gone from there about 18 months now, they’ve got a new manager in and Jack’s putting his own stamp on the team and you can see that with their success. He’s a very good manager.”
Lennon was manager of Hibs for two-and-a-half years from June 2016 until January 2019 when he left by mutual consent. He was named Celtic manager on an interim basis in February of 2019 when Brendan Rodgers left and on a permanent basis in the summer following the winning of the Treble Treble.