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Lennon expects more from Celtic

By Robert Jones

Celtic manager Neil Lennon felt his side played better than anticipated in their opening league win over Hibernian — but he expects more when they face Aberdeen on Sunday.

Celtic have played four friendlies since their 2-0 victory at Easter Road on the opening weekend of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign.

Although they suffered 2-0 defeats against Wolves, Inter Milan and Swansea, Lennon has used the games to get all of his squad up to the required levels of fitness.

Celtic have played eight friendlies in all and Lennon feels his players should shine at Pittodrie.

“It will be a tough away game but I'm hoping the players will be up to speed by then — they should be with the football we've had,” said Lennon

“I've just tried to balance things off with not over-exerting them with the games and just trying to keep as many of them fresh for the game as we can.”

Aberdeen have yet to score in the SPL, drawing with St Johnstone and being outplayed in defeat at St Mirren Park.

But Lennon is wary of their experienced managerial partnership, who have set about rebuilding their team to be more resilient this summer.

Lennon said: “They have a good blend of experience and youth there.

“They are very good players, and I know they've lost (Chris) Maguire, (Paul) Hartley and (Sone) Aluko.

“But Archie Knox and Craig Brown are very experienced managers and I think they will improve a lot from last season.

“They haven't got off to a great start but it's very early days and I'm sure there will be an improvement from Aberdeen.”

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