Celtic manager Neil Lennon was absolutely delighted with yesterday’s win over Dundee and believes the three points will give the team a huge psychological lift and take the pressure off them heading into the upcoming derby vs Rangers, as reported by The Daily Record.
The last gasp winner from Odsonne Edouard sparked scenes of wild celebration at Dens Park, led by Lennon himself, who ran the length of the pitch to join in with the Hoops supporters in the away end.
It was fantastic to see and the manager explained after the match just why he was so happy and did not consider the 1-0 victory any old routine win.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the Celtic Park boss said:
Psychologically it’s huge. We are not taking anything for granted but it’s significant.
Is there a bit less pressure going into the Rangers game? Yes. It means we don’t have to win it. Ideally we would love to win it and get over the line as quickly as possible.
But all the onus is on the other teams around us. The gap between first and second now is bigger than second and third – and that’s significant for us.
The Bhoys are now ten points clear of Rangers at the top of the table and are just a handful of wins away from eighth league title, which was Lennon’s task when taking over from Brendan Rodgers a few weeks ago.
The team have been under immense pressure to deliver in trying circumstances but are so far undefeated since Rodgers’ departure and have picked up some impressive away victories.
Yesterday’s 1-0 win was crucial and hopefully now the team can right the wrongs from December and punish Steven Gerrard’s side when they visit Celtic Park at the end of the month.