Lennon plays down treble talk

Neil Lennon insists Celtic are "a million miles away" from considering the prospect of a domestic treble.

Last Updated: 25/09/12 at 07:41 Post Comment

Neil Lennon: Wants approach to be right

Neil Lennon: Wants approach to be right

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon insists his team are "a million miles away" from considering the prospect of a domestic treble this season.

With a weakened Rangers side relaunched in the Irn-Bru Third Division, the Hoops are odds-on to retain their Clydesdale Bank Premier League title - although their start to the SPL season has been ropey.

The Parkhead club are also favourites to win the Scottish Cup and the Scottish Communities League Cup, in which they host First Division Raith Rovers in the third round on Tuesday night.

Lennon was pleased with the convincing 2-0 home SPL win over Dundee at the weekend but was not for discussing success in all three domestic competitions this term.

"We are a million miles away from talking about that (a treble) at the minute, honestly," the Northern Irishman said. "There is such a long way to go in the season.

"What I don't want is for us to take our eye off the ball in any of the competitions. The approach has to be right, as it was on Saturday.

"All these early cup games are loaded with potential upsets and I don't want to be one of them.

"It is a game we are not taking lightly and I can't imagine I will be making too many changes if I can avoid it.

"I had Raith watched at the weekend. They are a decent First Division side but with (manager) John McGlynn going (in the summer) it is a wee bit of a transitional period for them but they are decent opposition for us.

"It took us a while to break Dundee down and what we have to be mindful of is not getting sloppy and being complacent."

Victor Wanyama is looking to equal his goal tally from last term against Rovers.

The 21-year-old Kenya midfielder scored his third goal of the campaign against Dundee at the weekend to go within one goal of last season's total.

"I was pleased to be on the scoresheet," he said.

"I think last season I got four goals. I want to improve and I look forward to doing better this season.

"But it is always difficult. Teams like Raith come motivated so we have to be ready also. We have to treat it like other big games."

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