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Hibs won’t celebrate ‘for a week’ if they beat Celtic claims Neil Lennon.

Scottish PremiershipCelticHibs won’t celebrate ‘for a week’ if they beat Celtic claims Neil Lennon.
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Neil Lennon has noticed a massive change in mentality during his time at Hibs, and hopes to use the match against Celtic to lift it even further.

Seconded place Hibernian travel to Celtic Park, one point above the Celts.

He wants his team to get to point where even if they win they won’t even need to celebrate.

He said: “We have performed very well but that’s in the past. Tomorrow is a different day, different circumstances. But the mentality of the team has pleased me a lot over the past couple of years.

“I think psychologically the mentality of the club has changed since the cup win. It’s just been a steady progression forward. But we are not complacent, we are not taking anything for granted. It’s nice to have plaudits but they don’t mean a lot to me.”

He added: “Of course, yes, but for a short period of time,” Lennon said. “If we go there and get a positive result, we will take it and move on. We are not going to dwell on it or celebrate it for a week, like we used to do.

“We want to be in that position where we go to the big clubs and perform and get positive results and we come away and go: ‘Good job, on to the next game’.

“That’s all it is, it’s very early in the season yet and for me the league hasn’t really taken shape and probably won’t do for another four or five games.

“I don’t get this talk of a title challenge and this, that and the other. If we’re 20 games in or 25 games in and we’re in the same position then we can start talking about being contenders. But for now we are very pleased with the progress we are making, but that’s all it is, progress.

They didn’t look in trouble last time out when I watched them against St Johnstone,” the Hibs head coach said. “They were devastating and that’s what they can do to you.

“We have got great respect for them obviously as a club and a team but we are going there to try and win the game and we’re in good form. And hopefully it will be a good advertisement for the Scottish game, that’s all we can ask really.”

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