CELTIC boss Neil Lennon admits he is enjoying this season’s title fight as the champions bid for nine in a row.
The Hoops maintained their momentum when they overcame Livingston 4-0 at Parkhead yesterday with goals from Odsonne Edouard, Scott Brown and James Forrest (20).
The double strike from the on-fire winger took his total at 13, just one behind the top-scoring French ace.
Lennon saw his team move three points clear at the top of the Premiership with Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit due to play at Hamilton Accies this afternoon.
Asked if he felt it was a proper title contest, the Irishman, speaking to the media, answered: “At the minute, no question, yes.
“Psychologically, that’s a good win for us. We can enjoy our Sunday, you get 24 hours to enjoy, see what the result brings then you move on to the next one.
“We put that to bed, that was a tough game under the circumstances.
“But we’ve dealt with it absolutely brilliantly so we look forward to Rennes on Thursday.
SCOTT IT ALL…skipper Scott Brown celebrates his goal against Livingston.
“I think you’ve got to relish the pressure – you either relish it or fear it. So relish it. It’s great.
“Maybe it is something new for some of the players, but I feel they are taking on the challenge well and I think the fans are enjoying it, too.
“There will be anxious moments as we go along, dips and troughs, but we are in a strong position currently and playing brilliantly.
“I don’t think about goal difference at the moment – it is way too early.”
Lennon was clearly delighted with the overall performance of his team as they made it eights wins on the spin in all competitions, including five successive league games without the loss of a goal lost since the 2-0 setback at Livingston early last month.
He added: “We were very powerful. Not just because of our fitness levels and the way we battled for second balls – but our football was superb.
“It was a comprehensive win against a tough team to beat at times.
“We were outstanding and when you come back from two weeks off you always worry that momentum will be lost.
“But there was no sign of that at all. There wasn’t one weakness out there and I’m thrilled with that.
“Their attitude is first class, in terms of how we approached it.”