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24 Apr 2011 10:39:19

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The last Old Firm derby of the season takes centre stage today. Neil Lennon is glad to be able to talk about football ahead of today's Old Firm derby at Ibrox. He has been at the centre of another security alert after parcels "designed to cause harm" were sent to him and two high-profile figures linked to the club, Paul McBride QC and Labour politician Trish Godman. There has been widespread condemnation of the threats to Lennon who admitted he could reconsider his position if the situation was to get any worse. However, Lennon hopes that the focus today stays firmly on the football against Rangers. He said: "It has been my most difficult week but my team have been doing my talking for me. My team are in great form, as are Rangers and it has all the ingredients for a fantastic game. Really we should be talking about that rather than anything else but I know it's difficult to talk about anything else other than what has gone on this week. But I don't think the players need any extra motivation or need any extra determination, I think they have it in abundance."  As the title race enters the final few weeks, Celtic travel to Ibrox in second place by just one point but with a game in hand. Rangers won the Co-operative Insurance Cup final when the two sides met at Hampden in March - their sixth meeting of the season - but Lennon does not believe that will have any significance at Ibrox today. He said: "It might be about who gets the breaks on the day, as was the case in the cup final. I didn't think there was much between the team that day. We played very well in the majority of the Old Firm games this season and the players know what is at stake now. Many of them were totally inexperienced going in to the season with regards Old Firm games but now they have six under their belt so they have good experience. They have played at Ibrox a couple of times and have played very well but every Old Firm game is different. It is impossible to predict. But I don't think it will be the title decider by any stretch of the imagination. There will still be a lot of football to be played after that but we want to go there and put in a good performance."


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