Lennon happy with lack of derby build-up

By Hamish Carton

December 27, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has conducted a Friday morning interview with Sky Sports as coverage ramps up ahead of Sunday’s Glasgow Derby showdown.

The Celts will extend their lead at the top of the Premiership to eight points with victory at Celtic Park. However, Lennon isn’t expecting it to be an easy game as he labelled Steven Gerrard’s men “really good” and admitted that he’s happy for the short turnaround between the St. Mirren and Rangers games.

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“Sometimes it can get overhyped, and sometimes there’s a lot of outside noise,” he told Sky Sports’ Luke Shanley on Friday morning.

“We’ve only had a day or two to get ready for this but it’s always been there or thereabouts, looming in the background.

“We’ve got a great record at home this season and we’re on a tremendous run in the league so confidence is good. We’re not getting too carried away with anything. We’re up against a really good team and it’s a game we’re really looking forward to.”

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Lennon is right, derby build-up has been a little quieter

The point on the build-up to this game is an interesting one. Previews for the big match don’t seem to have been quite as hyped as the games earlier this season, despite this game probably being the biggest yet.

The timing of the Boxing Day games isn’t likely to be the obvious reason either. Both of our previous games against Rangers this season were preceded by midweek clashes, yet the coverage was a little different.

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The obvious explanation is that the Christmas festivities have detracted a little from the build-up. New Years derbies are always a little different in that regard as many like to switch off from football for a few days before resuming just in time for the big game.

But with 48 hours or so to go until kick-off, we can expect to see the level of the build-up being taken up a notch.