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Lennon calls for improvement
Published : 25 Dec 2011 17:46:58
Neil Lennon is looking for his Celtic side to make amends for their capitulation at Ibrox earlier in the season when Rangers visit Parkhead on Wednesday night.
The Hoops were brushed aside 4-2 in the first Old Firm derby in September and the champions went on to stretch their lead over the Hoops at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to 15 points by November 5, albeit having played two games more. However, a Georgios Samaras double in the 2-1 home win over Kilmarnock took Lennon's side to within a point of the Light Blues, who lost 2-1 at St Mirren.
"We didn't do ourselves justice at Ibrox so I am looking to my team to be highly motivated and certainly play better and compete better than they did in the second 45 minutes of the first Old Firm game," Lennon said. "If they do that they will give themselves a great chance of winning the game."
He added: "I don't know [how Rangers will approach the game].
"[Rangers manager] Ally [McCoist] has tried a couple of different formations. He has played three up or one up. But, whatever formation we face on Wednesday, they are the champions and have had a good mentality over the last three or four years.
"But we are in a good place and I want us to go out and stamp our authority on the game if we can."
The Northern Irishman accepts Celtic are in the ascendancy going into the game, which could see them go top of the table going into 2012.
"Yes, we have won eight in a row and the form is good," he said. "But we will have to play well, we will have to play strongly and have to play the occasion as best we can.
"We want to continue the winning form and if it means having to beat Rangers, then so be it."