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Lennon hoping outside influences don't distract Celtic

Celtic manager Neil Lennon wants the players and fans of his club to come together and focus on what is happening in their own backyard rather than elsewhere in Glasgow.

The Hoops have lost their rivals Rangers who will not play in the Scottish Premier League next season after being voted out for financial misdemeanours but Lennon wants all energies spent on what can be achieved at Parkhead next season.

"We cannot let outside negative influences dictate the mood at Celtic, we are very optimistic and we are very much looking forward to the season but we need our fans right with us," he told the club's official website.

"We are now looking forward and not back, we have a vibrant young team, I want to progress this team as far as I can but we cannot do this without the fans' support.

"We must now move on, and move on with a collective unity between the supporters and the club and the team. We enjoyed that unity last season and we now need this to continue more than ever.

"We will need the supporters to be right behind the team. We want as many fans as possible to come back to the club and take their seat at Celtic Park and invest in the club as much as possible."

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