Uk news Neil Lennon fires Celtic players 'can't live in the past' warning MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The Hoops manager wants his players to heed the message from today's defeat.

Uk news Neil Lennon fires Celtic players 'can't live in the past' warning MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The Hoops manager wants his players to heed the message from today's defeat.

Uk news  Neil Lennon fires Celtic players 'can't live in the past' warning MetiNews.Com
17 October 2020 - 17:00

Breaking News ! Neil Lennon has warned his Celtic squad they can’t live off past glories as they facing a title fight in the here and now. The Hoops boss admitted his Covid and injury-hit side were second best against Rangers and he challenged his troops to respond. Lennon watched his men bounce back from Old Firm defeat last December to claim Nine in a Row – but history won’t help them have a successful future in the quest for 10. He said: “The win gives Rangers a lift obviously. It’s early in the season though and you can’t listen to all the noise outside. “Can they respond? Absolutely. They’ve done it before. “But they can’t live on the past. This is the present and we’ve got a title race on our hands and we have to roll out sleeves up and do better. “I have no idea if these (Old Firm) games will be vital. If they are then we will have to make up for it over time. Read More Related Articles Celtic player ratings as Shane Duffy suffers Rangers nightmare with slapstick derby debut “We’ve got a game in hand we have to win and assess where we are from there. “You can’t base everything on four games a season, you have to be consistent all year.” Lennon was raging at the goals Celtic conceded –but he was more disappointed with the lack of a cutting edge as his side struggled to produce a single shot on target as Gers cruised to victory. He said: “We gave away poor goals. That was the game in a nutshell. It was really poor from a set play early on so we were bitterly disappointed with that. “From then on we did okay. We had a great chance to equalise with Moi and I thought we deserved to come in at least level at half time. “The second goal was really poor, the second phase from a corner wasn’t dealt with. We didn’t stop the cross and I felt that was the difference between the sides. “Rangers defended their box better than us." (Image: SNS Group) Lennon’s squad was ripped apart by Covid and injuries but he refused to make any excuses. “Of course we felt we had enough. There’s nothing you can do about players that are not available. “I thought we ran out ideas in the second half. The subs didn’t really have an impact as you can see they were not fit enough. “We really needed a spark.

. “Moi had a great chance and should have scored. He had more time than he realised an that would have made it 1-1. “I thought we were all right first half but then conceded another poor goal. “You can examine it all you want. We should have done better and it meant we were chasing the game. “Rangers were comfortable at 2-0 and I didn’t think we looked like scoring. “We didn’t get in behind them enough. We lacked a bit of penetration and a bit of belief. Read More Related Articles Fizzing Neil Lennon promises Celtic investigation as he vows to catch culprit 'doing us in' “We had big players missing but we still have enough players out there to get something out of the game. “There was a lack of quality in the final third. “For me it felt a lot flatter than normal (with no fans). That’s understandable and it takes away a massive part of the game. “But that wasn’t the reason we lost the game. We lost it because Rangers defended their box better than we did.” Celtic 0 Rangers 2 - Gerrard's men dominate derby Celtic vs Rangers reaction Rangers troll Celtic ultras Gerrard admits shock 5 talking points Lennon admitted Odsonne Edouard is set to also miss AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday as he battles back from contracting coronavirus. Hatem Elhamed and Nir Bitton are in the same boat but Ryan Christie’s isolation will be up – while Christopher Jullien is still struggling. He said: “We have to get our players back fit. Hopefully Ryan will be available and we’ll see how Odsonne is. “Odsonne’s had cardiac and blood tests and we’ll see how he is. He’s not trained for nearly two weeks and only got back yesterday. “We can’t take a chance on anyone’s health and he wasn’t ready anyway. We knew he had no chance but couldn’t say it publicly. “I doubt he’ll be okay for Thursday. It’s not like we can just bring him back in for training. He has to be assessed to see how much the virus has taken out of him. “It’ll be the same for Bitton and Hatem but Ryan will hopefully get the all clear this week. “Jullien is still struggling with his back, it’s an ongoing issue we need to get sorted.”

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Uk news Neil Lennon fires Celtic players 'can't live in the past' warning MetiNews.Com


Uk news Neil Lennon fires Celtic players 'can't live in the past' warning MetiNews.Com


Uk news Neil Lennon fires Celtic players 'can't live in the past' warning MetiNews.Com


Uk news Neil Lennon fires Celtic players 'can't live in the past' warning MetiNews.Com

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