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Sunday 17 November 2019

Celtic are feeding off anger

Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Pic: Reuters/Russell Cheyne
Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Pic: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Celtic have fed off the extra backing they have received from a fan base mobilised by their anger over Brendan Rodgers' departure, according to assistant manager John Kennedy.

The Scottish champions emerged unscathed from a tumultuous few days following Rodgers' exit to Leicester.

While fans have vented their anger towards their departed manager, fans' favourite Neil Lennon returned to lead Celtic to two victories in Edinburgh against Hearts and Hibernian.

Kennedy told the Celtic View: "What I've noticed in the last week was the fans are disappointed and a bit angry. But it's worked in the players' favour because they've had the support and a really strong backing from the fans.

"There always is here at Celtic but there's an extra bit here just now.

"We've all felt it around the place and the players have fed off that, especially going away to Hearts and Hibs where it's always difficult.

"Hopefully on Saturday against Aberdeen it'll be a great atmosphere that the players can thrive on."

Meanwhile, Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has challenged their central defenders to get among the goals more often after Joe Worrall broke his duck against Aberdeen on Sunday.

The on-loan Nottingham Forest player netted to earn Rangers a l Scottish Cup quarter-final replay and a potential Hampden clash with Celtic in the last four.

It was the 22-year-old's first goal in 27 Rangers appearances while his centre-back partner Connor Goldson has netted three this season.

McAllister said: "We have two centre-halves with a big physical presence and they've had opportunities. Even if you ask them, I think they'd be looking to score a few more goals."

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