JOE LEDLEY has given Celtic fans an insight into Neil Lennon’s demeanour before and after a Glasgow Derby game with the Welshman finding out up close and personal how passionate Neil is about this fixture.

Celtic will do battle on Sunday against their Glasgow rivals with the carrot of going thirteen points clear at the top of the SPFL dangling in front of them.

This will be there first Glasgow Derby since Brendan Rodgers left and the bhoys record in this fixture under the former boss was quite incredible (P12 L1).

There have been three times over the past few years where Celtic have smashed five past the hapless club and the only defeat came against a side that had no choice but to play a youngster out of position as a striker and our top central midfielder as a left back.

Neil Lennon knows he has the team to beat Steven Gerrard’s men on Sunday but sometimes you need a bit of luck.

One thing Neil won’t need is motivation as Joe Ledley points out.

“He was brilliant and doesn’t half get you up for the games. You knew it was totally different to any other game and there was a lot of pressure on you to perform and get the result.” He told the Daily Record.

“He’s going to relish the occasion on Sunday with the cameras on him and things like that but he’s more experienced now and he’ll know what he needs to do to set his team up and get them over the line.

“Lenny was great in the dressing room before these games. His team talk would get you so psyched up for the game and hammering home what it means to the fans,”

“You could see deep down how much it meant to him and then afterwards he would come in and hug you, tell you how much he loves you, how great you were and what a result it was.

“He’d speak to you one on one and tell you as a team and as players, you love that in a manager and want to work under a boss like that.”

Joe has scored a winner in the derby and knows how much it means to the support; he will be cheering on the bhoys to victory this weekend.


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