The number 10 was deep in the thoughts of Celtic fans last night, and was still there when they woke up this morning.
A 10 point lead at the top of the SPFL takes their side- on the back of 16 SPDL wins out of their last 17 matches- closer to title number nine and a massive phycological blow for NEXT season’s title contest.
Be in no doubt that Dave King went all in for this season’s league flag. After losing the opening derby fixture having signed Jordan Jones, Jake Hastie, Greg Stewart and Sheyi Ojo the Ibrox club committed themselves to signing Ryan Kent for £7m from Liverpool.
So far Celtic’s £7m signing, Chris Jullien, has outscored the former Anfield starlet.
Lennon watched his side crush Hearts 5-0 while Gerrard’s miserable 2020 continued with a 2-1 defeat at Kilmarnock after leading until the 77th minute.
The Celtic boss has seen it all in his decade long managerial career and had a simple message when he faced the media after the win over Hearts.
He told The Sun:
Ignore the gap? That’ll be the message to the players and they know that. We know there’s a long way to go and there will be twists and turns. We just have to concentrate on each game as it comes along.
The gap gives them a bit of confidence. We have a tricky game on Sunday at Pittodrie. Aberdeen had a great win and we’re taking absolutely nothing for granted.
Mentality and psychology in any sport is huge. When you have Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, James Forrest, guys who have been over the course, it gives you comfort.
They know not to get too down when they get beat and not to get too high when they win.
Celtic’s lead could be down to seven points if Gerrard can coax a win out of his side against Livingston on Saturday, if the gap goes beyond 10 points with 11 matches left to play the gap could become impossible to ignore.