Lennon: Celtic must beware sting in the tale

CELTIC boss Neil Lennon has warned his title-chasing Bhoys:

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Neil Lennon will have his Celtic players fired up for Firhill clash
Neil Lennon will have his Celtic players fired up for Firhill clash

Beware you don't get stung by the Jags.

The Parkhead club could go to Firhill tomorrow night needing just one more win to seal three-in-a-row. If Aberdeen fail to win at Ross County tonight, the opportunity will be there for Celtic to get over the line in record time.

A defeat for Derek McInnes' side would mean the Hoops needed just a point from their trip to Maryhill to get the champagne corks popping.

A draw for the Dons would see Celtic clinch their 45th championship with a victory.

But, if the Dons win in Dingwall, the finishing line can't be crossed until the Hoops play County at Parkhead on Saturday.

Lennon admits he will closely follow tonight's events in the Highlands.

But his focus is on making sure his own players are in the best possible frame of mind to get all three points against a Thistle side, who, despite losing at Inverness on Saturday, are battling hard to avoid finishing in the relegation play-off spot.

Lennon said: "We will watch out for Aberdeen's result.

"It would be great to wrap it up at Firhill because I think there will be a fantastic atmosphere.

"But we need to be careful. Thistle have won the last couple of games they have played at home, so there is a little rejuvenation for them there.

"If it means we have to come back to Celtic Park on Saturday to win the title, then so be it.

"And, even when we do get over the line, in whichever game that is, we don't want to stop winning.

"We are looking to finish the season as strongly as we possibly can.

"The way we're playing, you don't want the season to end because there is a real energy and a real thrust about our performances."

Lennon can sense everyone at the club wants to be involved in wrapping up the title, but the flag day will come too soon for a few.

"Nir Biton will be another few weeks before he's back, and James Forrest will also be a week or two yet," he reported.

"There's no need to rush them, but we're looking to have both back before long, as well as Mikael Lustig and Steven Mouyokolo."

Lustig has been sidelined since undergoing hip surgery in December, while Mouyokolo has not played since rupturing an Achilles tendon in August.

Lennon insisted: "They will be fit before the end of the season and we will get them on the pitch.

"The way the team is playing at the minute, there is no real need for them to rush.

"But I would like to have a full quota of players.

"I don't like to see, particularly Jamesie - with the amount of injuries he has had - sitting on the bench."

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