Date: 7th May 2009 at 9:50am
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Neil Lennon has stressed Celtic will be trying to win against Rangers on Saturday, but conceded he would take maintaining a lead in the league.

Celtic haven’t won twice at Ibrox in a season since the 2003/04 season but three points at the weekend would open up a four-point lead at the top of the table, with just three games left to play.

Lennox told Celtic TV: “We always go there looking for a victory. The manager is always of that mind. If we can’t win then we have to make sure we don’t get beat. If we can go into the next game with any sort of lead then we would take that.

“Rangers are playing catch-up and I’m sure they and the neutrals will be looking at this as a must-win game. However, the pressure is on both teams and we would be happy coming out of Ibrox still ahead. The onus is on Rangers being the home team but we will be ready for them.”

Glenn Loovens is all but guaranteed to replace Stephen McManus in the heart of Celtic’s defence on Saturday – and perhaps for the end of the season. Reports suggest McManus has been playing through the pain barrier for a month and damaged his knee while trying to protect his ankle.

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