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FORMER Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes Celtic can be caught in the title race.

Wile the current Hibs boss believes they are still heavy favourites – a longer run in the Europa League could see their lead diminish after Rodgers chose to prioritise the competition on Sunday.

“I still think Celtic will win the league,” said Lennon. “But it’s nine points with 12 games to go – so why not?”

“Brendan prioritised Thursday night with his team selection on Sunday, I get that. Actually, they have come out a point better off. They are nine points clear whereas they were eight points clear going into the weekend.

“It is going to be very difficult for the chasing pack, but why not? You could say there is a title race on. Rangers, Aberdeen, ourselves, the teams behind, we need to find consistency if there is going to be any sort of title challenge at all.”

If Celtic did get to the last 16 of the Europa League it would present a challenge for Brendan Rodgers – one the Irishman would relish.

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