Celtic news – Rogne: Hoops won’t give up, Mjallby looking forward to tribute match, Lennon wants commitment

Rogne: Hoops won’t give up.

Norwegian defender Thomas Rogne says Celtic have not given up hope of landing the SPL title with only two league matches remaining.

The Hoops remain one point behind leaders Rangers but need their great rivals to slip up while taking maximum points themselves in the final two games, away to Hearts and home to Motherwell. However, Rogne says they are ready to capitalise should the Gers come unstuck.

“We know we are now relying on one of the other teams doing us a favour,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times, “but you never know what will happen. It would be difficult to accept if other results went our way and we weren’t able to take full advantage, so we need to focus and finish the season as strongly as possible. We need to stick together and finish the league campaign off with two victories.”

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Lennon wants commitment.

According to The Herald, Celtic boss Neil Lennon has doubted the commitment of Motherwell and Hearts in their recent fixtures against Rangers.

Walter Smith´s men have scored nine without reply in their last two games and play Dundee United at Ibrox on Tuesday night, with Lennon saying: “What we are looking for is somebody to compete and give Rangers a game as there’s not been much evidence of that in their two previous two.

“Dundee United now have something to play for [European qualification] as results went for them at the weekend. They’ll be looking for a result on Tuesday and then we will be looking for one on Wednesday.”

Hearts were without several first-teamers on Saturday and Lennon added: “I didn’t see the Hearts team as we were training at the time. Every club has its own agenda and I’m not going to cast aspersions.”

Mjallby looking forward to tribute match.

Assistant manager Johan Mjallby is looking forward to linking up with former teammates when they take on the current Celtic side in the John Kennedy Tribute Match on May 22.

Kennedy retired from football in March, 2009, having suffered a career-ending injury, and Mjallby joins the likes of Lubo Moravcik, John Hartson, Neil Lennon and Chris Sutton in a team managed by Martin O’Neill.

The Swede told the Celtic Official Website: “It’s a great thing for John, but for me it will also be good to see some old friends and players, and it will be good fun to kick a ball as well.

“It’s a great testament to how much the club appreciates John, and what he has done for the club. He is a Celtic boy who came through the Academy and made it all the way to the first-team before his injury.”

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