Neil Lennon has declared that the Scottish Premiership title is Celtic’s priority, despite the club’s recent success in the Europa League.
The Hoops currently sit top of the Premiership table, only ahead of rivals Rangers on goal difference, while they also finished top of their Europa League group with a game remaining after beating Rennes 3-1 on Thursday.
The Bhoys’ success against the French outfit was their latest accomplishment on the continental stage, having already beaten Italian side Lazio both home and away in the group, with the latter result the first time the club have ever won in Italy.
Ahead of Sunday’s league clash against Ross County though, Lennon has revealed that he values the league title over anything else, and has encouraged his players to show that it is their priority too.
As reported by the Daily Record, Lennon said:
It is difficult. It is away from home, a quick turnaround and obviously a long travel on Saturday, so we will get the players recovered as quickly as we can.
We’ll get them in on Saturday, get some second day recovery and then we’ll travel.
It’s a difficult game. We know our priority is the league so we can finish with the European in terms of competitiveness and maybe we can fully concentrate on domestic duties.
Ross County had a really good start to the season. They have just come off a little bit but they are at home.
Teams raise their game when we are in town so we know how fraught the game could be. But we’re in a good place, not taking anything for granted, and we have to stay really focused now because the games are coming thick and fast.
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League success usually ranks about continental glory, and with Rangers proving to be tough rivals this year, it makes plenty of sense that the Hoops are prioritising on that.
While the Europa League might be something the Celtic players are dreaming of too, it is the more unrealistic goal, so it would stand to reason that Lennon is focused on what is definitely achievable.