NEIL LENNON has ordered his Celtic players to pick up the form that had powered them to a 100 per cent domestic record until the last two stumbles.

The eight-in-a-row champions shed two points in a 1-1 draw with Hibs at Easter Road where they got off to the worst possible start when Kristoffer Ajer diverted a right-wing cross beyond Fraser Forester for the opening goal.

Ryan Christie, who is banned from this afternoon’s visit of Ross County following his red card against Livingston, headed in a superb equaliser as the game finished 1-1.

A week later, following the rollicking 2-0 Europa League victory over Cluj, the Hoops collapsed to a 2-0 defeat against Gary Holt’s Livi outfit in West Lothian.

Scotland’s title kings conceded their spot at the pinnacle and are trailing Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox team by two points.

The side can go back to the top this afternoon if they beat the Highlanders while the Govan outfit travel to Tynecastle to take on Hearts tomorrow.

Lennon, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “Do I like a tight title race? Of course, but we’re only eight games in.

“I’ve been pretty pleased with everything apart from the last game, although I didn’t think we played poorly.

“There is no panic, but it’s important we get back to winning ways. Our European performances have been outstanding, but we’ve come off it a little bit in the league.

“We need to get back on it again.”

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