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Neil Lennon fires Rangers title warning after Celtic maintain perfect start to season


Neil Lennon praised Celtic’s “magnificent start to the season” after watching his team come from behind to beat Kilmarnock 3-1 at Parkhead.

The Scottish Premiership champions were left stunned by an Eamonn Brophy opener before easing to victory with an Odsonne Edouard double and Ryan Christie’s strike.

The win maintains the Hoops’ perfect start to the defence of their title and they have now won all six of their league matches this season.

They are looking to equal the domestic record and win a ninth successive league title this year, something that has only been done on a couple of occasions before.

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Neil Lennon says Celtic were ‘superb’ in their win over Kilmarnock

Rangers will again provide the stiffest threat to their title after improving their squad again this year.

Speaking after the Kilmarnock win Lennon fired a warning to their rivals by claiming: “The players are doing everything we’re asking of them.

And he added: “That’s six wins out of six and a magnificent start to the season.”

Celtic remain three points above rivals Rangers after Steven Gerrard’s men thrashed St Johnstone earlier on Sunday.

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Celtic are looking to win a ninth successive Scottish Premiership title
Celtic are looking to win a ninth successive Scottish Premiership title

The Gers have won all of their matches so far apart from the damaging 2-0 home reversal to Celtic in the first Old Firm clash of the season.

Speaking more in depth about Celtic’s win over Kilmarnock, Lennon added: “It was an absolutely superb performance.

“We deserved so much more from the first half. We came in at half-time and asked guys behind the scenes how many attempts at goals we’ve had. It was 14 – some teams don’t get that many in 90 minutes.

“You could see there was a verve and real tempo about our play. The scoreline flattered Kilmarnock at half-time. They had one real chance, if you even want to call it an attack, and a great goal from Brophy.

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Celtic have won six out of six league games this season
Celtic have won six out of six league games this season

“The 15-20 minutes after half-time we were absolutely superb.”

Next up is for the champions is a Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against Partick Thistle on Wednesday.

They then travel to Hibernian on Saturday before welcoming CFR Cluj to Celtic Park in the Europa League.

The Romanian side knocked Lennon’s men out of the Champions League qualifiers just a few weeks ago.



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