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  • Neil Lennon: Ten-point lead is significant but we remain focused

    Neil Lennon: Ten-point lead is significant but we remain focused

    By: Joe Donnelly on 22 Mar, 2019 13:02

  • WITH just eight games of this year’s league campaign remaining, Sunday’s win extended the Hoops’ lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 10 points, with three games to go ahead of the split and five thereafter.

    The squad has now broken up for this week’s international fixtures, before returning to domestic action against Rangers at Paradise on Sunday, March 31.

    A win there would, of course, extend the Scottish champions’ league lead to 13 points with seven games remaining, and while Neil Lennon described the gap at the top ahead of that encounter as significant, he also admitted there is much work to be done as his side pursue their eighth consecutive league title.     

    Speaking to this week's Celtic View, the manager said: “Psychologically, going into the international break with this sort of lead is huge. A team is the sum of all parts. I needed my goalkeeper on Sunday to make a brilliant save just before half-time.

    "We’re keeping clean sheets although, at times, we’re struggling to break teams down, but we’ve also got the likes of Callum McGregor coming back in and that makes us better.

    “The forward lads are also trying to do what they can up there, but when teams are sitting with 10 behind the ball, that makes things very difficult for us. But again, this team keeps going, and we ultimately got what we deserved. Other teams would have drawn that and would have gone away happy with that, but this team just doesn’t do that.

    “The gap is significant, but we take nothing for granted. The gap between first and second is now 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 in the next couple of weeks.

    “We can now assess things, and get some bodies back. We’re stretched a bit at the minute, and 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.”

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