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  • Neil Lennon: Bhoys gave their all in Aberdeen draw

    Neil Lennon: Bhoys gave their all in Aberdeen draw

    By: Tony Connelly on 09 Mar, 2019 18:31

  • NEIL Lennon could not fault his players for their effort in the 0-0 draw against Aberdeen today (Saturday) after the recent turmoil they have experienced. Despite the frustrating draw, Celtic re-established their eight-point lead at the top of the table, with nine league games remaining.

    It was the Irishman’s first home game in charge after returning as manager just 11 days ago, and he was disappointed not to have taken all three points, given the strong start Celtic made in his second managerial reign with wins away to Hearts and Hibernian

    “I’d have loved to have won the game and been 10 points clear,” he said. “But you can’t have everything and they gave me everything today so I’m not going to whip them for that performance. It’s totally understandable. I understand the psychology of a player - a long time ago I was a player myself.

    “The performance was okay. We were a little bit flat, a little bit leggy but I understand that. I don’t think we had time to adjust last week with two games back-to-back. There was always going to be a little bit of a lull and you could see that. I think it’s more psychological than anything else. We just lacked that little bit of pizzazz in the final third.

    “We had that adrenaline rush in the first couple of days and there was always going to be that lull afterwards. We had three really difficult games to negotiate in the last 10 days and we’ve come out of it unscathed. We take the point, still unbeaten since the turn of the year. It could have been better, there’s no question about that but these players have given me everything.”

    Looking ahead, the Celtic manager said he was confident that his side would continue to improve, and added he was looking forward to seeing his squad being strengthened as players returning from injury.

    “Any team would miss the players we have out,” he said. “They’re top-class midfield players but Broony and Bitton have done absolutely fine. We just lacked that little bit of creativity. Our final ball was a little bit lacking and our final cross wasn’t there. You’ve got to give Aberdeen credit, they’re a tough nut to crack sometimes.

    “Some of them are running on fumes. The squad’s decimated with injuries at the minute and hopefully we’ll get a few more bodies back and some quality players to add to what we already have.”

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