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LENNON’S EURO EXIT CONSOLATION

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NEIL LENNON hopes to take consolation from Celtic’s Europa League exit by leading the champions to a historic quadruple treble.

The Hoops boss realises his team is a mere TEN games away from hoovering up all the domestic honours for the fourth season in a row – an extraordinary haul of TWELVE successive trophies.

Christopher Jullien’s goal was enough to see off Rangers in the Betfred League Cup Final in December to make sure of the tenth piece of silverware.

The 5-0 romp over St Mirren yesterday – with Leigh Griffiths claiming a hat-trick and Odsonne Edouard and Callum McGregor also getting in on the act – swept them 16 points clear of Steven Gerrard’s side who face the tricky trip to Dingwall for the midday confrontation against Ross County this afternoon.

And the holders will turn their attention to the Scottish Cup when they meet Aberdeen in the semi-final at Hampden on Sunday, April 12.

Lennon, after watching his side lose 4-2 to FC Copenhagen in the last-32 encounter, has a free run at preparing his players for their visit to Ibrox a week today where they are eager to avenge the 2-1 loss to their Glasgow neighbours just before the turn of the year.

The Irishman, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “Sometimes you can be in a match rhythm of three games in a week and it can be a bit disruptive.

“If there’s any consolation of not being in Europe it’s that the players get a bit more rest. It’s been a heavy schedule.

“I was bitterly disappointed to go out of Europe. We felt we could have made a decent fist of it. But we’ve bounced back quite well.

“We played really well in midweek against Livingston with real aggression and intensity. I’m looking for a bit more of that next weekend.

“February was very hectic, but now we’re leading into the Rangers game and I want to get the build-up the best we can.”

Lennon believes he use the spare time to check out potential summer targets. He added: “The free week gives me a chance to occupy my time with something else.

“It will let me do a little bit of forward planning.”

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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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