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  • Manager: League lead is significant but we take nothing for granted

    Manager: League lead is significant but we take nothing for granted

    By: Joe Donnelly on 17 Mar, 2019 17:01

  • CELTIC’S dramatic last-gasp win against Dundee at Dens Park today (Sunday) sees the Scottish champions extend their lead at the top of the Premiership to ten points.

    With just eight games of the campaign remaining, Hoops boss Neil Lennon described the gap as significant, but knows there’s still work to be done in order to secure the Scottish champions’ eighth-consecutive league title.

    “The gap is significant, but we take nothing for granted,” said Neil Lennon. “Psychologically, it’s huge. The gap between first and second now is bigger than second and third, which again is significant for us. I’m looking forward to taking stock, getting more accustomed to the players, and them getting more accustomed to me.

    “There were times that we could have played better but I’m not going to analyse the game right now. The most significant thing was to win the game, we’ve done that. We wanted to go 10 points clear, we’ve done that.

    “And now we can assess things in the next two weeks, get some bodies back. We’re stretched a bit at the minute, we’ve lost Kris today with a bit of concussion. It’ll be nice to get some more bodies back in. We’re lacking a bit of creativity at times, and I think those players coming back in will be good for that.”

    The Hoops’ win at Dens Park was as dramatic as they come, when a wonderful piece of link-up play between James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard was capped off with an emphatic 95th minute winner from the 21-year-old Frenchman.

    Moreover, Neil Lennon was delighted with Callum McGregor’s return to the starting XI, and looks forward to more players returning in the coming weeks.  

    The manager added: “You’ll never believe that I said to the boys at half-time, we can take this to the 49th minute of the second period to score, so they followed the instructions. But you not always going to rollover teams. Teams that are fighting for their lives, their livelihoods, their place in the league. Dundee fought like Trojan warriors today, they defended great and made it very difficult for us.

    “We started to get a little bit desperate towards the end, our final ball was a bit lacking, and I thought we were a little bit pedestrian at times. But again, that’s not for today, it’s for another time. I’m now looking forward to taking stock, getting more accustomed to the players, and them getting more accustomed to me.

    “Cal’s been out for three weeks and plays 90 minutes, which we didn’t plan on doing, but needs must. He was great. Filip comes on for Kris too and that gives me a lot of encouragement. Next, we get Ntcham back on the pitch, we get Rogic out on the pitch. Dedrcyk should be okay, things are starting to look stronger again.”

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