Neil Lennon is looking to bring the game to Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday, hoping the win will help the team achieve a key aim before the end of the season, speaking to Celtic TV.
The league may be wrapped up, but the manager still has goals for his players to aspire to and one of them is finishing the campaign on 90 points in the Scottish Premiership.
The Hoops boss told the club’s Celtic TV outlet:
It’s a game you want to win and I’d like us to finish on 90 points.
I think we’re on 84 at the minute so getting to 90 would be a good way to finish the league. Obviously with it being a derby, there’s always that edge to the game and we want to put a marker down.
Obviously we are the champions, going there as champions is a great feeling. But you’ve got to play the game, not the occasion, and I want us to be strong and resolute at times, but also to play on the front foot.
It’s the next one. The last one’s gone, we had a great win, psychologically huge. Rangers have been very, very good since that but so have we.
I know there won’t be many Celtic fans in there but we’re representing the club and there’s a big responsibility now as champions to play and act accordingly.
Clearly Lennon and his team are heading across the city to win and attack Steven Gerrard’s side from the off.
It’s going to be a difficult encounter.
As the manager notes Rangers are in good form right now having won all five matches since our 2-1 victory against them at the end of March.
They’ve score 12 goals and conceded just two in that time, with Gerrard finding a winning blend with Scott Arfield in a more attacking position and Jermain Defoe playing in place of Alfredo Morelos.
Still, you have to back the champions to get the job done and hopefully we can continue to carry momentum heading towards a huge cup final at the end of the months.
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