Callum McGregor describes the intensity of Neil Lennon's Celtic training at Lennoxtown

By John McGinley

December 11, 2019

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor had paid tribute to the intensity and productivity of Neil Lennon’s training at Lennoxtown, The Glasgow Times report.

The Hoops have been incredible so far this season, forging a path ahead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, winning the League Cup and qualifying from a Europa League group as winners.

Much of the credit has to go to Lennon, who has spearheaded a magical transition from the Brendan Rodgers era.

One Champions League qualifying blip aside, it could barely have gone better.

McGregor has now highlighted the work he sees from club players and staff every day in training, led by the manager.

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As quoted by The Glasgow Times, he said: “His standards are super high every single day. He comes out to training and, if one or two are off, he stops it. He just tells us we’re off it, makes us get back on it. That’s the way we work.

“We don’t have an off-day. We don’t have an easy day. Every day we’re trying to get better. And he is the man who steps in and makes that happen. Straight away, he gets everyone back on it.

“Those are the standards he drives every day, along with Broony (Scott Brown) and certain other ones. That showed in our willingness to win against Rangers.”

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Celtic’s work ethic is undeniable

Even in matches where the team look below their best, you can never question their work ethic. Even against Rangers it was obvious we were putting absolutely everything into the game from an effort standpoint.

As McGregor notes, much of that will be a direct reflection of the hard yards they put in under Lennon’s watchful eye at Lennoxtown.

Last gasp winners against Lazio, in both matches, as well as against Hamilton recently demonstrated we are a team who will keep persevering until the very end of a game. That could be the decisive attribute of this team that allows us to win trophies this season.

There are lots of difficult challenges ahead and not all of them will go our way, but it’s undeniable that Lennon has his team in tremendous shape and has forged an outstanding attitude.

It’s pleasing to see him get credit for it, from one of his best players.