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Neil Lennon looking for Sunday best at Pittodrie

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NEIL Lennon feels Celtic will have to be at their best on Sunday if they are to overcome Aberdeen at Pittodrie and continue their winning run.

Celtic meet third-place Aberdeen in the league four days on from their impressive 5-0 win over Hearts at Paradise.

That result took the champions' winning run to eight in eight since returning from the winter break and now Celtic will face their toughest test in the second half of the season so far in the form of Aberdeen.

Celtic have won their last nine games at Pittodrie, but the manager is adamant Celtic know they are in for a difficult afternoon against Derek McInnes’ side.

“It’s a difficult venue and Aberdeen got a very good win on Tuesday night to get themselves going again,” said Neil Lennon. “It’s a dangerous game. We have to be at our best. It’s an early kick off and the early kick offs there can be difficult, so we’ll just have to get recovered and well rested to get ready for that.

“You go to admire the longevity that Derek’s had in the modern game. He’s into his seventh season and he’s up there with one of Aberdeen’s best managers in their history. I know they’ve had Sir Alex, so he’ll fall somewhere behind him. He’s been loyal, kept rebuilding teams and he deserves support rather than criticism.”

“We were fantastic the last time we were there. It was one of the best 45 minutes of the season and if we can play like that again I’ll be absolutely delighted. It’s a different game and a different point in the season, so we’re going there to try to win the game and win as best we can.”

Mohamed Elyounoussi marked his return from injury recently and Neil Lennon revealed more of his players are nearing a return. The Hoops boss is pleased to see his squad strengthening but admits it makes his job even more difficult to pick a team.

“Jeremie trained yesterday,” he said. “Bitton and Elhamed have been training so they’re into the groove and Mo is more or less fit now as well.

“It’s hard to leave players out who are in form. Sometimes it’s a game of patience for the players coming back in, but with the amount of games coming up it’s important to rotate players. We were able to do that at the weekend and we were able to give some players a break on Wednesday night when they were comfortable in the game.

“The more quality you have then the more luxury you have of picking and choosing. We want to win the game and put out the best team we possibly can.”


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