Neil Lennon insists Celtic ’s European woe is the only black mark on what has been a brilliant season so far.
The Hoops were on course for a record-equaling ninth successive Scottish Premiership title before the coronavirus outbreak struck.
Since losing to bitter rivals Rangers in their last Old firm game last last year Lennon’s men have boasted an almost perfect domestic record.
And that left them 13 points ahead of the Gers before all fixtures were postponed due to COVID-19, while they were still on for another domestic treble.
However, there was Europa League disappointment in the last 32 when Celtic suffered a surprise defeat at home to Copenhagen.
This followed an exit in the Champions League qualifiers at the start of the season after there were high hopes for the team.
And while Lennon praised his players for their imperious form once again for the most part, their European exploits have clearly left a bitter taste.
Reflecting on Celtic’s form since returning from a winter break in Dubai, Lennon said: “What’s pleased me has been the quality of our performances. Even if you look at our last game against St Mirren when we beat them 5-0.
“To do that at this stage of the season is pretty impressive because we were struggling to score goals this time last year, so the amount of goals we’ve scored and the amount of wins we’ve racked up is impressive.
“And since the turn of the year, to go unbeaten domestically and only drop two points is fantastic, and we reached the semi-final of the Scottish Cup – we’ve already won the League Cup – so it just shows how well we’ve played.
“You can’t take that for granted, and we had the European campaign, on top of that. It’s been pretty impressive, to say the least, from the players and I’m so proud of them.
“The only disappointment to me, really, was going out of Europe the way we did. That was really disappointing because we really felt we could make inroads into the competition.”
Celtic will be hoping to seal the title shortly after things get back to normal after coronavirus lockdown is lifted.
Should they go on to win the league then it sets up what could be a historical season next year as they look for an unprecedented 10 in a row.
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