Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, whose team face Celtic at Pittodrie on Sunday, has paid tribute to the ‘hunger’ Neil Lennon has installed in the Scottish champions, the Scottish Sun reports.

McInnes has been particularly impressed with how well the Bhoys have responded to the loss to Rangers in December.

“Celtic are stronger at the minute because there is a hunger about them that was questioned after the last Old Firm game” McInnes said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

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“Down to their manager”

“People were saying Rangers looked the hungrier team that day and Celtic have responded. That is down to their manager and the fact it’s such an important season.”

Neil Lennon with the Premiership trophy

Neil Lennon with the Premiership trophy (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McInnes is correct to point out how the Hoops have not allowed what could have been a poor result derail the season.

The nature of the loss to Rangers could have badly affected a lesser side. However, that has not happened with Celtic, and that is down to the manager.

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Celtic, ahead of the trip to Aberdeen, are on an eight-game winning streak. The manager has instilled a belief in the players that they are still the best team in Scotland, despite the loss to Rangers.

The Hoops have gone on to prove that they are the best team, as they have moved 10 points clear at the top of the league.

Manager will want momentum to continue

Celtic’s hunger can’t end though just because the team has a comfortable lead at the top of the lead. The club must keep going, to maintain the progress that has been made since the winter break.

Neil Lennon on the Pittodrie turf

Neil Lennon on the Pittodrie turf (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Thankfully Neil Lennon is the type of manager who won’t allow his players to slacken off. He will want Celtic to keep the run going.

Derek McInnes might have praised the hunger shown by the Hoops, but his team might be the latest to feel the impact that Neil Lennon has made to Celtic since the winter break.

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