Neil Lennon alluded to the drama and tension following last weeks derby win. He highlighted the fact the Scottish media are more interested in villains rather than heroes. He was, of course, talking about his captain Scott Brown. In one of his best ever press conferences Neil Lennon blew all the haters away without raising his voice or one stumble. He put Steven Gerrard to sword too.
Lenny declared more than once we need to be talking about football. He singled out Celtic’s performances since the start of the year. Four months now into 2019 and Celtic have only drawn one game.
The Champions elect square off to Livingston today at Paradise. The Hoops have won 16 of their 18 Scottish Premiership games against Livingston since the 2001-02 season, drawing the other two 0-0 in their first such clash in August 2001 and most recently in November 2018.
Celtic are 13 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and will secure an eighth consecutive title if they beat Livi and Motherwell beat the Rangers tomorrow.
Dedryck Boyata (hamstring), Craig Gordon, Eboue Kouassi are on the long term injury list. Lennon does get the luxury of Rogic, Tierney and Ntcham all back in for selection.