Celtic boss challenges domestic league rivals


SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE:Neil Lennon challenged the rest of the Scottish Premier League clubs to catch Celtic following their convincing 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday.

After qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League the Hoops reasserted themselves on the domestic scene, now three points ahead of Inverness with a game in hand.

Inspirational skipper Scott Brown shot the visitors into the lead and then set up midfielder Joe Ledley for the second after the break.

Substitute Georgios Samaras, on for Lassad Nouioui, then scored with a header as Celtic strolled the final stages before former Parkhead striker Cillian Sheridan grabbed an injury time consolation.

When asked why the performance was so convincing, Lennon replied: “I think it was down to the fact that we are through . The confidence is there . . . We know the consistency in the league hasn’t been totally there, but away from home we have been very good. We want to replicate that at home now.

“We have opened up a gap and it’s up to the other teams to win their games and keep in touch with us. Three points with a game in hand is a good position to be in now.”

Lennon had no sooner finished lionising Brown at the post-match press conference than the skipper stormed out on the media after being asked one question too many about his hip complaint, from which he looked to have recovered.

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