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Lafferty expecting improved Bhoys
Published : 10 Aug 2010 08:12:00Rss feed
Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty expects a tougher challenge from Celtic in the coming season now Neil Lennon is manager. The 22-year-old helped his club win the title by eight points from their Old Firm rivals last term. Lafferty believes it will be tougher this time around as he is aware of Lennon's qualities, given he too played for Northern Ireland. Lafferty said: "I think Celtic will improve under Lenny. We will see a team with more fight and determination. They will put up a strong challenge. Neil Lennon brings that to any team. "He is a guy that hates losing. It will be tough but hopefully we can bring a few more players in before the transfer window closes to strengthen the squad." Lafferty cites a special reason why Rangers are desperate to retain the title - it is Walter Smith's last season as manager of the club. But the frontman scoffed at suggestions they might feel the strain in trying to achieve that goal. Speaking ahead of Northern Ireland's friendly in Montenegro, Lafferty said: "I know it is Walter's last season in charge but that doesn't mean we are feeling under more pressure. "It is up to us to perform and win the title for Walter as a great send-off. "I would not say we are favourites as Celtic have spent a lot of money and signed good players. But we have shown that over the last two seasons we are capable of beating anyone. "The lads have worked hard and we have got a good run under our belts. We went to Australia and everyone is geared up for the league and Champions League."