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Published : 08 May 2011 10:01:01
Neil Lennon wants some pay back for the poor performance in Inverness. Lennon is demanding that his players shake of the lethargy displayed at Inverness on Wednesday as they take on Kilmarnock today. The manager was not shy of criticised his side for their lacklustre and "lazy" display in the 3-2 defeat at the Tulloch Caledonian stadium after the game. He wants the same sort of commitment shown when the two side met last month when the Hoops ran out 4-0 winners. Lennon said: "It's a game we have to win. We want to play as well as we did two weeks ago and I will be looking for a big reaction from the players. Every time we have had a bad result this season we have bounced back really well so I am looking for a positive reaction on Sunday and I'm pretty sure I will get it." A number of players were not at their best on Wednesday including Emilio Izaguirre who won the Scottish PFA players' player-of-the-year award this season. The manager said: "He picked the wrong night to have a poor game by his standards. But he was not alone. So I am not going to talk about individual performances. He has had a fantastic season, he still has a big contribution to make in the remaining three league games and the Scottish Cup final as well." Shaun Maloney admits it would be devastating if Celtic failed to win the title back from Ibrox. Celtic have enjoyed the plaudits this season for some impressive performances and players like Izaguirre, Beram Kayal, Kris Commons and Gary Hooper have caught the eye. However, the former Aston Villa player believes the season is all about winning the top flight title. He said: "I'm sure the individual players who have won the awards are proud. But the main prize that the whole group is looking for is the league. It's been like that since the first game of the season and it would be devastating if we didn't win it. No matter how well we have played or are going to play, the main thing is the trophies and if we don't win trophies then as a squad we have not fulfilled that potential that people talk about. It's not about how much potential we could have, it's just about the here and now."