Neil Lennon has revealed what he told Celtic players at half-time in their game against Kilmarnock which they ultimately won 2-0.
After a disastrous run of form that produced just two wins from twelve games, there is finally some positivity around Celtic this week. First they managed to pull out an unexpected 3-2 win against Lille in their last game of the Europa League campaign this season as they had already been knocked out of the competition. Then they backed that result up with a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock yesterday.
Yes, this is just two wins in a row, nothing for a club that is always used to winning. But at this point of time, it is about taking baby steps in the right direction before they can rediscover their form.
As a result, there must have been a few nerves going into half-time against Kilmarnock. The Hoops had dominated proceedings but they had nothing to show for it as the score was still goalless.
As cited by 67 Hail Hail, Lennon revealed to BBC Radio Scotland what he told the Bhoys at the break:
“I just said to them, ‘Look, you know, a little bit more oomph’, I don’t want to get after them because when you’re going through a run like this it’s all about confidence.
“I was pleased in the main with how we performed but we knew there was more to come and we certainly got that. To keep a clean sheet as well was very pleasing. It’s small steps in the right direction.”
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Whatever he said did the job because the Hoops scored twice in the second half to secure all three points and make sure that the gap between them and the Rangers did not increase any further.
Now they will set their sights on next Sunday when they travel to Hampden Park to take on Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final. This provides them with the opportunity to create history by becoming the first team in the world to win a Treble four seasons in a row.
Normally, Celtic would be overwhelming favourites going into any final. But judging by their recent form, you cannot be too sure how they’ll perform. Thus, there will be some nerves leading up to the game without any doubt.
Let’s just hope that Neil Lennon decides to stick to what has worked over the past two games instead of making some unnecessary tweaks and making it harder for us than it already is.