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After the relegation of Rangers to the third division of Scottish football recently, Celtic have been the overwhelming favourites to win the league title. They currently lead the table by a massive 19 points that only appears to confirm this notion.

As a result, the club’s main challenge has been to do well in the Champions League and also the Scottish cup. However, this campaign Celtic appear to have failed in both aspects. They have been knocked out of the Champions League at the group stages itself, while they suffered an early exit in the Scottish cup.

Despite this, Celtic manager Neil Lennon says that this season has been a huge success for the club. He says that expectations have grown to such an extent that it has become unrealistic for Celtic to meet them. The mere absence of Rangers alone does not make the prospect of winning the league title easy, according to

Last season, it was a major success for the club to reach the last 16 stage of the Champions League when they were ultimately knocked out by Juventus. Lennon has pointed to records like the ones set by goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
The English international went close 1300 minutes without conceding a goal until the record was eventually broken in the 2-1 win over Aberdeen.

“Maybe that’s just the expectations and the standards we’ve set previously. But I’ll take it. I’ll be quite happy to take the league title every year. It might not be enough for other people but if you’re bringing in players and selling them off for big money, it’s difficult to replace them straight away. There’s no question of that. What I’m seeing now is we have Virgil Van Dijk in and Nir Biton’s starting to make really good progress,” said Lennon in response to the critics.