Football - Lennon: Plenty still to play for

Neil Lennon insists Celtic players have more than enough targets to ensure their Clydesdale Bank Premier League season does not run out of steam.

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Football - Lennon: Plenty still to play for

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Neil Lennon's Celtic have collected 62 points after 28 games ahead of Wednesday's trip to Motherwell

The Hoops have garnered 62 points after 28 games and, 21 clear of Inverness at the top of the table, are striding unchallenged towards retaining their title.

Ahead of the trip to Motherwell on Wednesday night, the Parkhead manager pointed to several reasons why his side should be motivated to carry on from their 5-0 drubbing of Dundee at the weekend.

"We want to win our remaining 10 games and finish the season strongly," said the former Celtic captain. "I think the points total is important, we had 92 and 93 in the last two seasons so we would like to get up around 90 again and we still have a bit of work to do to make that target.

"I want these young players to keep progressing and try and adapt to any environment or challenge that is put in front of them.

"We have scored 100 goals already this season so can we get close to 100 league goals? Can we get 90-plus points, can Gary Hooper get 30-plus goals, can Fraser Forster keep clean sheets, can the midfield pitch in with more goals? There is so much still to play for.

"It's a great time to be involved with Celtic.

"I look at my time and I look at these players now. They are playing in the last 16 of the Champions League and they are going for their second title. There may be players who won't be here next year for one reason or another so they should enjoy this time."

Lennon insists the next week will define the club's season. The champions face St Mirren in the quarter-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday looking to avenge the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final defeat to the Buddies.

After that Celtic travel to Turin for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Juventus on Wednesday night, hoping against hope to recover a 3-0 deficit from the first game at Parkhead.

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