Lennon calls for consistency

Hoops boss says Europe will be a challenge for his players

Lennon: Wants to go one better than last season

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has called on his players to show more consistency as the club kick off their SPL campaign against Hibernian at Easter Road on Sunday.

The Hoops ended last season on a high by winning the Scottish Cup in their Hampden win over Motherwell, despite losing out to Old Firm rivals Rangers in the Co-operative Insurance Cup and by one point in a pulsating SPL title race.

But the Parkhead boss is keen to see how his squad fare in their quest to improve on last season after adding Adam Matthews, Kelvin Wilson and Victor Wanyama during the summer.

Better

He said: "I want to try to get more consistency, play better football, score more goals, keep more cleans sheets and accumulate more points.

"It is the challenge ahead of us and I think Europe is also important to us, not just to myself but the players and the club.

"So we have a lot of incentives going in to the new season."

Lennon believes he will have a good idea of whether his squad have improved after the first few games of the season.

He added: "I think the players grew as the season progressed but it is hard to gauge whether or not they have taken another step in the close season.

"Once we have three or four games we will have a good idea of where we are heading.

"The expectation level might be higher because of what we achieved last year, probably not many people expected it.

"We ran Rangers so close and got to two cup finals but we feel we have a talented group of players and we want to go one better.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to carry on as manager, first and foremost, and looking forward to the challenge of trying to improve the team."