Football - Lennon hoping for Parkhead party

Neil Lennon is hoping the post-split fixture list hands Celtic the chance to clinch the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title in front of their own supporters.

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A Kris Commons double and a goal from Mikael Lustig gave the Hoops a convincing 3-0 over Hibernian at Parkhead. However, championship celebrations were put on ice for at least a fortnight after Motherwell scored a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw against St Mirren at Fir Park.

"We know we only need a point now to wrap it up and we will see what the fixtures bring on Monday," he said. "People were coming in with the scores so we had to sit and wait but it was no big disappointment not to win it today."

He added: "It would be nice to win it at home, we haven't done that for a while, but we will see what the fixtures bring, it would be nice to have a full house and give the fans something to enjoy.

"But as for today, what I was looking for was a performance and I got that.

"We were dominant, the strikers were a lot better and Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper were the catalyst for a lot of good stuff so I am really pleased."

As news filtered through in the second-half that St Mirren were beating Motherwell, the home fans sarcastically sang the name of former Rangers owner Craig Whyte, who this week controversially claimed he was behind Charles Green and his consortium's subsequent takeover of the Ibrox all along, and a banner with a portrayal of him on it circulated the stadium.

Commons, who revealed he had taken pain killers for an ankle problem which threatened to keep him out, said: "I was going to actually ask the referee what they were chanting but they certainly gave us a little bit of entertainment with the flag they kept circulating."

The Scotland midfielder took his tally to the season to 16 and has now targeted 20.

He said: "Now that I know I am on 16. Why not?"

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