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LENNY’S FIREPOWER TARGET

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NEIL LENNON is planning for his Celtic players to show more firepower when he makes his second homecoming to a 60,000 sell-out Parkhead on Saturday.

Aberdeen will provide the opposition as the interin manager aims to make it three wins out of three since answering the Hoops’ SOS last week after Brendan Rogers’ sudden departure for mid-table Leicester City.

Lennon has seen the champions beat Hearts 2-1 with the help of a stoppage-time strike from Odsonne Edouard at Tynecastle last Wednesday and a two-goal salvo from James Forrest and Scott Brown saw them overcome Hibs in the Scottish Cup quarter-final at Easter Road at the weekend.

Now the Dons are in direct line of Celtic’s fire in what could turn out to be a dress rehearsal for next month’s Cup semi-final showdown at Hampden.

Derek McInnes’ men face a replay against Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox on Tuesday to see who has the right to face the holders in the last four.

Lennon, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “I think we can score more goals and we can get the ball forward a little bit quicker.

THE WINNER…Odsonne Edouard nets the points-clincher against Hearts with Sean Clare too late to intervene.

“We have great pace in wide areas and through the middle in an attacking sense, so I would like us to utilise that.

“But I understand teams like Hibs, for example, on Saturday and even Hearts, when they went down to 10 men, get back into shape very early, and sometimes you can’t move the ball quickly. It requires a little bit of patience and probing.

“But maybe just varying attacks a bit more when we get into the final third – but you can’t have everything.

“The lads have been absolutely fantastic this season, the last two seasons and certainly in my tenure so far, even though it’s embryonic, they have played great.”

Lennon added: “The organisational side of things is tremendous and preparation is key.

“We have some great professionals in the backroom staff who set a really high standard in terms of their professionalism and that emanates down to the players as well.

“Everything is there for the players, everything is there for the staff. Obviously, I will have my own look at things in the analysis side of things because I know most of the teams quite well.

“But I haven’t wanted to change anything really. Obviously, you have your own opinion on things, you try to get your points across, but not too many.

“The team has been going well and we have had two great results so far.”

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