Lennon makes big admission ahead of Celtic clash against Hibs
By James Black
Neil Lennon admits Celtic have goals throughout their team and thinks his Hibernian side’s visit to Celtic Park this weekend is a “free hit” for the Hoops.
Lennon takes his side to Celtic Park hoping to end the champions’ 57-game unbeaten domestic run on Saturday.
The former Celtic boss hasn’t been back to his old stomping ground as a manager but will return on Saturday after three years.
Lennon concedes his old side are “exceptional” but still expects Hibs to push the champions.
“Celtic are very spirited and they seem to have hit their groove. They were very impressive in the snippets of the Old Firm game I saw,” Lennon said as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“We know they’re an exceptionally good team at the moment and when they turn it on they can really damage you and score from every position.
“Whatever way they set up, they can still find a way to beat you. It’s a free hit.
“I don’t know what way we’re going to play. If we go and sit in, and lose one or two nil, I’ll be raging. If we have a go and lose 5-0, I’ll be raging!
“But if we win, you won’t see me for a month.
“It’s obviously a very special club for me personally, and it will be a bit emotional, a bit surreal going back there in the opposition dug-out.
“But once the plaudits are over, it might be a difficult 90 minutes for us to pull through. We just have to prepare as best we possibly can.”
Lennon’s Hibs could leapfrog St. Johnstone in third place with a win over Celtic.
The former Northern Irish international guided his side back into the Scottish Premiership this season after dominating the Championship in his first season with the Edinburgh side.