Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lennon eyes 'important' Tannadice win

Neil Lennon is keen to continue Celtic's 100pc start to the SPL campaign by beating Dundee United on Sunday ahead of the first Old Firm clash of the season.

With both clubs having perfect records in the SPL, this weekend's games are almost being forgotten as attention is drawn towards next Sunday's showdown at Parkhead.

Rangers face Motherwell at Ibrox tomorrow before Celtic travel to Tannadice.

"The only people discussing the Rangers match is the media but, to me, the Dundee United game is the most important," Lennon said.

"Psychologically it's important to win that match going into the Old Firm. The Old Firm game is massive for the supporters and for us as well, but it's not going to dictate how the championship goes.

"We have to get a consistent run of form going towards that game, we're building things up as we go along and looking to get the right ingredients to put out a team that the fans will enjoy watching -- a winning team.

"Dundee United had a good ending to last season, finishing third and winning the Scottish Cup and have started to pick up results.

"When we go there they always seem to lift their game. We'll need to be ready from the first whistle."

Celtic will be without skipper Scott Brown, who is out for two months with a broken metatarsal, while Biram Kayal is also sidelined after a hernia operation. But Irish U21 international Richie Towell has edged into Lennon's midfield plans.

Lennon added: "Marc Crosas and Ki Sung Yeung are starting to play very well, Joe Ledley has been consistent and Richie Towell is starting to emerge as a first team player."

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