Lennon laments 'unacceptable' performance


Celtic 0 Kilmarnock 2:CELTIC MANAGER Neil Lennon is looking for an “instant reaction” from his players in tomorrow night’s Scottish League Cup quarter-final game against St Johnstone following Celtic’s historic 2-0 home defeat to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Former Celtic player and Republic of Ireland international Cillian Sheridan scored two minutes before the break and fellow Irishman Liam Kelly slammed in the second from the spot just after the hour mark to register Killie’s first victory in the east end of Glasgow for a remarkable 57 years.

The Hoops’ lacklustre performance was all the more puzzling given their disciplined, battling display against Barcelona in the Nou Camp in midweek where they only lost the Champions League clash 2-1 to a Jordi Alba goal in the final seconds of injury-time.

Celtic remain top of the Premier League but Lennon described his side’s performance against Kilmarnock as “unacceptable” and is looking for a big improvement for the visit of the Perth men.

“It was as poor as we have played under my tenureship here and I will be looking for an instant reaction on Tuesday,” said the Parkhead boss.

“You think that after the while they will find their feet and work their way into the game.

“But there was nothing. There were too many touches on the ball and I think the two centre halves of Kilmarnock had one of their easiest games of the season and that is very disappointing.

“I don’t remember us working their ’keeper in the first half, we had good chances in the second-half but not enough as far as I’m concerned.

“There were times we were passing for the sake of passing and I want better. I want players to push each other on but I didn’t see enough of that.”

Meanwhile, Glasgow Rangers finally claimed their first away win in the Third Division thanks to a 2-0 victory against Clyde yesterday.

Previous league results on the road had yielded draws at Peterhead, Berwick and Annan, as well as an embarrassing defeat to Stirling Albion.

But goals from Dean Shiels and Lee McCulloch delivered the elusive win and ensured the unwanted record came to an end against 10-man Clyde.

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