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  • Manager: We’ll play with aggression in final third against Dundee

    Manager: We’ll play with aggression in final third against Dundee

    By: Joe Donnelly on 16 Mar, 2019 13:14

  • FOLLOWING consecutive wins against Hearts and Hibs in the capital, a well-disciplined Aberdeen held the Hoops to a goal-less draw at Paradise last weekend. Neil Lennon has been delighted by the performance of his players since returning as Celtic manager, and looks forward to an aggressive and high-intensity performance against Dundee on Sunday.

    Speaking ahead of the Scottish champions’ visit to Dens Park, the manager said: “We looked a lit bit leggy against Aberdeen over the course of the 90 minutes. I wouldn’t say we were in much difficulty during the game, but going forward we lacked a little bit of sharpness and urgency in the final third.

    “As we’ve seen this week though, Aberdeen are a decent side. They’re defensively well set up, they’re good in attack, and we take the point and move on.”

    Moving on sees the Hoops travel to Dens Park, where Neil Lennon hopes to match the togetherness and directness his side have shown in defence at the other end of the pitch.

    The manager explained that while happy with recent results, there is always room for improvement and that he and his backroom staff have identified areas on the pitch they might approach differently at the weekend.  

    “We gave the team some time off, we had a couple of good days’ training this week, and then we tapered it off a little bit ahead of the game on Sunday,” added Neil Lennon. “We’ve had a little chat with the boys, we’ve looked at a few things we might do better, and hopefully we’ll see the Celtic team that we know come Sunday.

    “The game against Dundee is a game that we will go out to win. It’s about upping the intensity of our play and playing with a bit more aggression in the final third. Defensively we’ve been excellent since the turn of the year, so I’m looking for more pace and more aggression in the way we play.

    “At this time in the season, the spring and summer months, that’s when you start to smell out the trophies, and these players have been there and done that before. There’s good experience in the squad that can help get us over the line. We always want to win, but we want a performance to match that too, and we’ll try to reinforce that again this week.”

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