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Lennon still wary of Rangers threat
Published : 29 Dec 2011 18:16:59
Celtic manager Neil Lennon wants his players to enjoy their return to the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League but warned them not to write off Rangers.
Joe Ledley's second-half winner in the Old Firm game at Parkhead on Wednesday night saw the Hoops leapfrog their city rivals by two points at the top of the table. Celtic's ninth SPL victory in a row completed a remarkable turnaround for the home side, who were 15 points behind the champions on November 5, albeit with two games in hand.
"I think we have come a long way in a short space of time. But Rangers are a top team and have been for a few years. They have a great mentality, so we have to be very wary," Lennon told the Evening Times.
"They are a very good side, and that gets overlooked in all the criticism that surrounds both teams at times.
"We have to try and maintain our consistency. But this win will give the players a huge lift in terms of confidence.
"And, of course, the feelgood factor around the club will be here for a while."
While Celtic have rehabilitated themselves in recent weeks, problems seem to be coming to the fore at Ibrox.
Rangers have taken just 10 points from a possible 21 during the time Celtic have been on their winning streak.
The spotlight is now on Ally McCoist and his ability to lift the Govan club out of their slumber but Lennon is focused on building on his side's good recent domestic form.
He said: "We want to kick on, and instead of people putting pressure on us, we want to try to put pressure on everybody else."