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PremierLeague-News.Com - Gavin reckons Neil Lennon has to get his players up for the derby next month - because they can't allow the title to be won at Parkhead.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! There have been plenty of similarities in the car crash seasons of the champions on both sides of the border. Celtic and Liverpool have gone from the emotional high of historic title wins to the disastrous low of truly forgettable campaigns. That old adage that you’re a proud peacock one minute and a feather duster the next pretty much sums up life for Neil Lennon and Jurgen Klopp right now. It’s only 10 months since Lennon joined the legendary Jock Stein in leading the Hoops to a ninth successive league crown and shortly after, Klopp became the first Reds boss in 30 years to take the title to Anfield. The pair were riding on the crest of a wave at their respective clubs but fast forward to the current situation and it’s all gone horribly wrong. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have been struggling badly in their title defence (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images) It was bitter rivals Everton who inflicted a real blow on their neighbours at the weekend with a first Merseyside derby win at Anfield for 22 years. The devastating 2-0 loss on Saturday made it Liverpool’s worst home run in a century and has severely jeopardised their chances of a Champions League place. Klopp admitted he was hurt at losing a first derby at Anfield in more than two decades - a quite incredible run - as defeats to your closest rivals always cut deeper. It’s hard to believe Walter Smith was the man in charge of the Toffees when they last won away to Liverpool and it was his Rangers successor Dick Advocaat who, four months prior to that Everton victory in 1999, delivered one of the Ibrox side’s most memorable derby wins. Read More Related Articles What Neil Lennon said about Rangers guard of honour snub as Celtic stand one dropped point from sporting tradition Never in more than a century of Old Firm combat had the league been clinched on enemy territory but the Light Blues managed it with a stunning 3-0 victory in the east end of Glasgow. It was a sore one for Celtic who had to watch as the jubilant Rangers players indulged in a mock huddle in front of their partying supporters.
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. For Celtic it would be the ultimate ignominy in a catastrophic season. The thought of failing to win the coveted 10 In A Row before a ball was kicked would have been unthinkable for many Hoops fans - having their dream killed off by their fiercest rivals on their own patch is the stuff of nightmares. But that is where Celtic can at least salvage a bit of bruised pride from the wreckage of a season and ensure their fans who, like the rest in Scottish football, have shelled out on season tickets while the turnstiles have remained locked.
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With every passing week it’s looking increasingly unlikely that the Scottish Cup will be completed but March 21 IS Celtic’s cup final. Of course, they still have to see off Aberdeen at Parkhead on Saturday and win at Tannadice next week just to set up that doomsday scenario and even that is no guarantee following another calamitous defeat at Dingwall on Sunday. Watch a guard of honour row erupt in the build-up if the title is clinched before the derby but if Celtic can overcome their next two hurdles and win only one game after that then it has to be the derby. Despite the darkest season in Rangers’ history when they were plunged into administration and deducted 10 points back in 2012, Ally McCoist’s side summoned up enough energy to prevent Celtic winning the league at Ibrox with a 3-2 win.
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Backed by a raucous home crowd, they were able to forget a crisis campaign just for those 90 pulsating minutes to pull off a memorable victory in an otherwise forgettable season. Lennon will know all about the spirit they mustered that day because he was the man in the opposite dug-out. Unfortunately he won’t have the help of fans next month but as the man in charge still has the power to make sure his players can pull out all the stops.
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