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BIG NOISES: LENNON AIMS FOR FINAL SAY

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CELTIC boss Neil Lennon is determined to make it ‘ten and out’ at the end of a monumental season.

The Hoops boss is well aware of the sky-high expectation levels of the fans with a historic league campaign about to kick off on Sunday with the visit of Hamilton Accies to Parkhead for the Premiership opener.

The club have the chance to go make history by going into double figures in successive championship triumphs – and their 52nd in history – in another term that will offer the usual twists and turns.

Lennon, speaking about the must for the magical 10 titles, told Sky Sports News: “I think it’s been mentioned for the last few seasons.

“When I came back in and we won eight, people were talking about 10. We won nine last year and people were talking about 10.

“Now we’re in this season we can put all that to one side.

“I don’t think the pressure’s as intense as it was over the previous two seasons, but it’ll still be heavy.

“It’ll be down to the rest of them to try and stop this group of players, they’ve been absolutely magnificent over the last six or seven seasons in terms of consistency in winning trophies and I’ll look them in the eye tomorrow and see if they want more of that.

“I’m sure they will. Some people can block it out and some will embrace it. It’ll be down to the individual.

“Ideally, we want to shut off the noise as best we can.

“We’ll have plenty of challenges to concentrate on before we can even start talking about winning the title.”

Lennon acknowledged Celtic were on the brink of something special and added: “It’ll be different because of the crowds not being around, we will have to sort of activate our own intensity in the games and make sure that we try and replicate what we had before.

“That’s going to be a very difficult thing to do.

“In terms of preparing them for the season, we’ll talk about that in depth tomorrow, give them just a wee reminder of what lies ahead of them and the challenges that awaits.

“We want to make inroads in the Champions League, if possible, and certainly to defend the title as vigorously and robustly as we can.”

The kick-off against Brian Rice’s Accies is scheduled for 4.30pm.

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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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