Encouraging signs of never say die attitude

19 April 2010 06:33
Home form is doing well but can Lennon maintain the form away from Parkhead Interim manager Neil Lennon was pleased to see his side make another comeback against Hibs on Saturday to secure a second home win in five days. He hopes this kind of performance can boost his chances of landing the post permanently. However, leagues are not won by home form alone and  he has to work on improving their away form. Goals in the last 10 minutes from Marc-Antoine Fortune and substitute Morten Rasmussen earned Celtic a 3-2 victory over Hibs - their fourth consecutive win in the SPL since Lennon replaced Tony Mowbray. Mowbray never achieved such a consistent run and Lennon feels their late win, which followed a battling victory over Motherwell, was an encouraging sign that the spirit is returning following the Scottish Cup defeat by Ross County. A real test of resilience will come when the Hoops head to Tannadice to take on an in-form Dundee United. The former Celtic skipper is desperate to keep his job and believes the latest win is some evidence he can do so. He said: "Yes, why not?. I've had one blip, well a big blip, and I accepted that and the players accepted that. That was a big win. That's four wins in a row, which we haven't done for a long time in the SPL so I'm really proud of them. My worry is, we have won two home games. can we replicate that away from home? Dundee United is a huge game. We have talked about turning points a lot this season. My worry is that they put on a performance like that and next week it's flat again. So I have got to be really wary of that against a very well organised, hard-to-beat Dundee United side. Can we replicate that character, that consistency, that quality at the right times, that never-say-die attitude, get the crowd on our side?" Lennon was pleased with most aspects of Celtic's play but admitted they "don't do clean sheets" at the moment. Robbie Keane slotted home a fourth-minute opener but Derek Riordan fired in from 20 yards minutes later and Anthony Stokes gave Hibs the lead from the spot early in the second half after Josh Thompson had caught the Irishman. But Lennon was full of praise for his side's character as they put Hibs under sustained pressure before the late two-goal turnaround. That character is evident in the manager, whose touchline demeanour is almost the exact opposite from forlorn predecessor Mowbray. The former Northern Ireland midfielder is even more animated than mentor Martin O'Neill and sprinted 30 yards to celebrate with Rasmussen after the Dane diverted home Fortune's 87th-minute cross. Lennon, who saw Darren O'Dea limp off with an ankle injury, said: "I have lost weight because I'm not eating. I don't have the time. It consumes you, your whole mentality. You are thinking about it non-stop, but it's brilliant. Regardless of where I go in management, if I'm lucky enough to get a job, I will take that same passion and love for the game wherever I go. But I'm really enjoying my time here and I just want to get the best for the club in the next few weeks."