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LENNON PRAISES FIRING SQUAD

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CELTIC thumped in five goals in their previous visit to Fir Park in the second day of the Premiership season in August.

The 5-2 win over Stephen Robinson’s outfit followed a week after the seven-goal romp against St Johnstone on Flag Day in the east end of Glasgow.

Twelve strikes in three hours of action set the tone for what has followed with the eight-in-a-row champions racking up the most league goals of any team in Europe with 68.

Add to that the fact the Hoops also have the best goal difference of any team in the continent with 53.

Neil Lennon is hoping his firing squad spark against Well tonight and, speaking to the Celtic website, admitted: “I’m so pleased for James Forrest, he’s on 16 goals now and that’s a great return for a wide man.

“Ryan Christie is on on 17 and Odsonne Edouard’s on great form with 22 now.

“Callum McGregor’s pitching in, Christopher Jullien’s scoring and Olivier Ntcham got one recently, as well, so we look a threat from different areas.”

The Irishman focused on his two-pronged attack that is bringing dividends and said: “Odsonne and Leigh Griffiths are two intelligent players and they’re enjoying playing together.

“Edouard’s in great form at the minute and Griffiths has come back and is scoring goals. He got the 90 minutes under his belt against Hamilton Accies and, psychologically, that’ll be great for him.”

Looking ahead to the third confrontation of the term against the Lanarkshire outfit – the champions won 2-0 at Parkhead in November – the Hoops gaffer added: “We know it’s going to be a difficult game.

“Stephen Robinson has them playing very well and they are having a good season. it’s a difficult ground to go to, but we’re keen to keep the momentum going.

“We’ve negotiated the last two games well and tonight’s a different one, but, of course, one we want to win.”

 

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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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