D-Day is almost upon Neil Lennon and Celtic.
In his biggest challenge since the change of guard, he aims to prove himself worthy of the job by derailing the Hoops closest title challengers and eternal rivals.
It’s also his biggest opportunity to prove himself to the Bhoys faithful. Since his hurried arrival, Lennon hasn’t really had Celtic dancing to his tunes like Brendan Rodgers did earlier this season, despite a fairly good run of results. Indeed, the Hoops haven’t been anywhere near as dominant as before, only scoring three goals in his three league games in charge, largely flattering to deceive.
Rotating players, benching some important ones, Lennon’s made radical decisions to no end. However, all can change in the Old Firm Derby. Having lost their last one in December, Celtic must be desperate for revenge, with a win all but ending the Gers’ season in March. Obviously, Lennon himself is no newcomer to the game, he knows the magnitude of the fixture and also will fully realise just how much his stock can rise up if Celtic are to put on a special showing.
With Parkhead watching, Lennon could win back the fans’ love and trust with a fiery display against Rangers. While Steven Gerrard’s side are themselves hell-bent on breaking their rivals dominance, they also come into the game, not in the best of form. If Lennon makes a few adjustments to his system and motivates his boys to get revenge, a spectacle could unfold.
A memorable derby win can be solid proof of Lennon being the best man for the job. If he gets goals galore and fans roaring again at Celtic Park, he’ll take a step closer towards making his reign permanent.
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