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  • Neil Lennon: Celts must maintain momentum for Hibs game

    Neil Lennon: Celts must maintain momentum for Hibs game

    By: Tony Connelly on 19 Apr, 2019 17:01

  • NEIL Lennon said he is expecting a similar performance to Celtic’s impressive Scottish Cup semi-final win when his side come up against Hibernian in the league this weekend.

    Celtic will travel to Easter Road on Sunday to face in Hibs in what could be a decisive game for the champions. If second-place Rangers drop points against Hearts on Saturday, a win for the Hoops would crown them eight-in-a-row champions.

    When asked about the possibility of his side winning the league this Sunday, Neil Lennon said his focus lay only with Celtic winning and not results elsewhere.

    “I’ve not given it too much thought, winning the league early,” said the Celtic manager. “Two wins will get us over the line, and the league is the priority now. We were very good last weekend in the Scottish Cup, so the team is playing well coming into this game."

    Easter Road has been a difficult venue for opposition teams in the league, but Celtic will arrive in the capital high in confidence having booked their place in the Scottish Cup final with a dominant 3-0 win against Aberdeen.

    Neil Lennon said he was expecting a similar level of performance from his players who put on an impressive display last weekend.

    “I’m looking forward to it although Hibs are in great form,” he said. “They deserved a win against Hearts at Tynecastle. On Sunday, we want to try and win, and win well, off the back of a great performance against Aberdeen.

    “It takes time, and it took time for me to get to know the players and vice versa. It was a pressure game last Sunday and the players negotiated it superbly, and we’re hoping for more of the same this weekend.”

    Neil Lennon also gave an update on Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie who sustained a facial injury following a head clash in the semi-final.

    “Ryan as you know had surgery. There are multiple fractures, eye socket and jaw cheekbone,” he said. “He’s come through it okay, his welfare is paramount so we’ll be doubtful about him for the rest of the season."

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