Despite Rangers sitting 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League, NEIL Lennon believes Celtic’s dream of a 10th consecutive title is not over.
Callum McGregor’s own second-half goal saw the Parkhead club, who have three games remaining, lose 1-0 to their city rivals at Ibrox.
Lennon, however, was satisfied with the results of his side and refuses to agree that by winning a tenth consecutive Scottish title in May, they will not make history.
“You have to keep going,” he said. Since there’s still a lot more soccer to play, you can’t just say it’s done. In the second half of the season, we have to be even more consistent than we were in the first.
“In this performance, there was a lot of confidence. We won’t have any issues if we keep playing like this. Our results have been outstanding lately and I thought we were outstanding today.
Asked if he thought Rangers would be unlikely to lose points, Lennon responded, “You can’t say that.” I thought that today we were rather unsettled and in charge of the game.
“It could be a defining moment in the season, I can’t predict what’s going to happen in the second half, but we’ve got to keep playing like this, keep being consistent, keep winning games and keep applying as much pressure as we can.”
Lennon was disappointed that in the second half, referee Bobby Madden had shown Celtic defender Nir Bitton an outright red card for a penalty on Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.
“Morelos might have got a shot off, but it would have been from a very acute angle,”Morelos might have gotten a shot off, but it would have been from a very acute angle. In the penalty area, he’s not even. I figured he was too fast to bring the red out. It’s terrible for Nir, but it’s not a red card, and that changed the game’s path.
“We had total control of the game. The manner of their goal, the red card, all these things went against us today. That’s soccer.”
Lennon revealed that Celtic defender Christopher Jullien, who suffered an injury against Dundee United on Wednesday, will be out for up to four months and confirmed that he will be looking for a new central defender in the January transfer window.
“He has torn a ligament in his knee,” he said. “Obviously that was a big blow for us, but I thought we played well. That’s an area where we’ll probably look for someone.”