FRUSTRATED Neil Lennon warned his Celtic players they are not yet on holiday after firing blanks for the third time in seven Premiership games.

The champions blew the opportunity of setting up a prospective title party at Parkhead on Saturday against Kilmarnock when they were held to a goalless draw against Hibs at Easter Road.

Amazingly, it’s the third scoreless stalemate in recent games following the 0-0 draws against Aberdeen and Livingston in the east end of Glasgow – three matches where the title kings have shed six crucial points on their run-in to a eighth successive crown.

Interim manager Lennon’s side are nine points ahead of Rangers, who had a solid 3-1 victory in the capital over Hearts on Saturday, with four games remaining.

After Killie, the Hoops have fixtures at Pittodrie and Ibrox before bringing down the curtain on the Premiership campaign with a visit of Craig Levein’s Tynecastle outfit on May 19 before they meet again in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden six days later where Celtic could claim an unprecedented treble treble.

Lennon, speaking to STV, said: “It was very frustrating, from quality players all over the board.

“I don’t know if there is anxiety there, but there shouldn’t be. We need to approach the start of games as well as we did last week, but we didn’t today and allowed Hibs to get a foothold.

“If you are going for the title – the holidays aren’t here yet. Forget about the noise out there. ‘You can win it here, you can win it there’, you have to win the game and that’s what’s angering me because we are up and down at the minute.

“The attitude of some of the players is not making me happy, but I have told them what I expect from here on in. We looked lackadaisical, lacked physicality at times, energy and quality.

“I am not getting panicky or anxious about anything. We are dictating our own destiny here and we have to dictate it a bit better than we did in the last two league games.

“That’s it. We are not there yet. I believe we will eventually get there, but we have to approach the games and start the games better.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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