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Samaras: Celtic must extend winning streak

By David McNeill

Georgios Samaras has called on Celtic to extend their 10-match winning run to enhance their Clydesdale Bank Premier League title claims.

Celtic defeated title rivals Rangers in the Old Firm derby last week and on Monday won 3-0 at Dunfermline to take a two-point lead at the top of the SPL table.

Neil Lennon's men, who on Sunday take a break from league duty when they play at Irn-Bru Third Division Peterhead in the William Hill Scottish Cup, trailed Rangers by 15 points earlier this campaign and forward Samaras has told his team-mates to continue their fine form.

He said: “So many people were saying the league was over — they thought 15 points was too big a gap to pull back.

“But we put in some great performances, won some important games and have now won 10 in a row. The important thing now is to build on this. We can't sit back and get complacent, we've done the hard part of closing the gap, but keeping up our form will be even harder. We have to win all of our games and January will be a very important month for us.”

The 1-0 defeat of Rangers at Parkhead last week provided an added fillip for the Bhoys.

Samaras added: “It was a massive confidence boost beating Rangers, more so than any other club in the league. Everyone in the dressing room felt good about it. We all felt good about ourselves and each other and it was a massive lift for everyone.”

Celtic last dropped points in the SPL in October against Hibernian. Samaras added: “I couldn't pick out one game that turned things around for us but if you look back to the game we drew 0-0 with Hibs, we were all very low after that.

“But only a few days later we played in Europe and beat Rennes at home.

“Then we went away to Motherwell and that was a massive game for us because they were challenging our position in the table. We beat them, and that gave us a lot of confidence. And a few weeks later we beat St Mirren 5-0 at home.”

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