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Lennon admits to Celtic's dominance

Neil Lennon accepts Celtic are heavy favourites to win the Scottish Premiership again this season but is looking for his side to do it with more conviction.

The Parkhead club reached the last-16 of the Champions League last season while cantering with the occasional stumble to their second successive title, eventually winning it with 79 points, 16 more than second-placed Motherwell.

Celtic remain on course to reach the group stages of Europe's elite club competition again following their 1-0 home win over Swedish side Elfsborg in the first-leg of their third qualifying round on Wednesday night.

However, ahead of the Scottish Premiership curtain raiser against Ross County at Parkhead today (5.15pm), Lennon revealed he is looking for his players to find a better level of consistency in their domestic duties.

"I would imagine we would be heavy favourites (to win the league) but there has to be improvement on our domestic form from last year," the Celtic boss said.

"The European run was great and it obviously side-tracked the players a little bit.

"The intensity of the Champions League games and the fall-out afterwards, it was difficult even when I was a player.

"I would like to think we can improve on that, I would like us to be more consistent in the league this year.

"The first part of the season we were a bit iffy at home and very good away and in the second half of the season we were brilliant at home and very iffy away.

"We lost seven games and I want a big improvement on that."

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