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Neil Lennon downplays Celtic’s draw against Hibernian at the weekend

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that the Hoops should have overcome Hibernian in the recent league meeting, although the result won’t change the fact that they will be crowned champions for the eighth-straight occasion. The holders had the opportunity to celebrate the title against Kilmarnock next weekend with a victory but they now can’t mathematically do so, unless Rangers drop points against Aberdeen.

Speaking after the 0-0 draw against Hibernian, Lennon admitted that the Hoops had plenty of chances to come up with the maximum points, but credit must go to the opposition goalkeeper, who made three sublime saves. He added that the team already have the title in the bag and it does not matter when they are crowned as the 2018/19 champions, he quipped:

“We should have won, We had a lot of chances, particularly second half. I wasn’t enamoured with our first half performance at all, but second half we were much better. The game started opening up, we started wearing Hibs down and made some great chances to win the game. You’ve got to give credit to the goalkeeper, Marciano, he pulled off three incredible saves.It doesn’t matter when we win it, as long as we win it.”

The Hoops are pretty much certain to celebrate a domestic double with the Premiership title but they have the opportunity to secure a third consecutive treble, should they win the Scottish Cup. The Glasgow giants are favourites to beat Hearts during the final on May 25 and it will be interesting to see whether the achievement has any impact on the future of Lennon.

Lennon was re-appointed by the Hoops on an interim basis after the surprise departure of Brendan Rodgers in February, and the 47-year-old has since managed to guide the club to six wins and three draws from the nine matches played. As per the bookies, he is regarded as the outright favourite to hold on to the head coach role on a permanent basis.