Tuesday 23 January 2018

Bhoys tee up seventh win

Neil Lennon is hoping that a day on the golf course can help steer his side to win number seven in the SPL.

Celtic's Europa League defeat to Utrecht has left the club with a series of blank midweeks while rivals Rangers are involved in the Champions League.

It wasn't quite Ryder Cup standards when the Hoops hit the fairways in midweek but Lennon is confident that the fans will see the benefits against Hamilton tomorrow.

"We had a great day on the golf course," Lennon admitted. "There was a few fashion contests going on, some of the dress sense left a lot to be desired.

"The players got together on the golf course then had a meal together and it's good for them to be in their own company away from the pressures of the football. Sometimes you need that.

"It helps integrate the new boys into the team, we found out a little bit more about their personalities and backgrounds, hopefully they can take something from that and it'll bring them closer together as a group.

Lennon added: "I've known some clubs where the players didn't like each other but out on the pitch they were professional enough to run through brick walls for each other.

"In my experience the team spirit at Leicester and at Celtic was always pretty strong and I'd like to cultivate that here.

"The players have been great, they have got good personalities and want to succeed. They are starting to understand what this club is about.

"They are under an intense spotlight here. It can be difficult to know what their real personalities are like but they are very focused on their football and concentrate on the job."

Tomorrow's clash with Hamilton takes place a couple of hours after Rangers face one of the most difficult fixtures of the season away to Hearts.

So far this season the big two have matched each other game by game with both sides having 100pc records and identical goal differences.

Rangers are on top based on goals scored but Lennon has no complaints about the way that his players have applied themselves.

He said: "The football and the results have been good but we're not getting complacent.

"We've worked hard on how we can beat Hamilton, I watched them draw at Hibs a couple of weeks ago and they played very well.

"I was maybe a bit harsh on the team after the win over Hibs, I watched the performance again in midweek and was very satisfied with it".

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