Hoops assistant manager Johan Mjallby has revealed that boss Neil Lennon was close to tears at Kilmarnock on Wednesday after the backing he received from Celtic fans.
“I heard the fans singing his name and that was great,” he told The Herald. “What happened to him is madness and a shame. It should not happen to anyone no matter what you do in life. He probably had a wee tear in his eye when the supporters showed how much they care for him.”
Mjallby admitted security had been beefed up but insisted the players were just concentrating on football. “We have not been briefed by police but have noticed a bit more security,” he added. “The players know what is happening as they have seen the papers and television. But we have been quite good at just letting football do the talking.”
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Hoops put paid to Killie.
Celtic cut Rangers´ lead at the top of the SPL to just one point with a comfortable 4-0 victory at Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.
Goals from Kris Commons (2), Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes saw off a poor Killie side that was on the back foot as early as the third minute, Commons guiding the ball past keeper Jaakkola. Ten minutes before the break the former Derby County man got his second, striding on to a Hooper pass to take his season´s tally to 24 from 46 appearances for Celtic, Derby and Scotland.
Hooper then got the third on the stroke of half-time before Stokes completed the rout in the second half.
Rangers are a point ahead but have played one game more and, despite both camps insisting to the contrary, Sunday´s Old Firm game at Ibrox should decide where the title is heading this season.
Commons: Killie win no indicator.
Despite the 4-0 victory at Kilmarnock, Kris Commons says the Hoops´ fine performance is no barometer as to how his side will perform in the Easter Sunday game at Ibrox.
Commons told STV: “It was a clean sheet, we scored four goals and it could have been five or six, so it is a massive confidence booster going in to a very difficult game on Sunday.
“But with all Old Firm games it does not matter what you do beforehand because they are one-off games. It is important we are in the right frame of mind because it is going to be a very tough game and one that I am looking forward to being a part of.
“I am sure the atmosphere is going to be electric and hopefully I will be on the winning side.”