Celtic boss Lennon demands home improvement

The Hoops boss is hoping that his players respond positively to the midweek defeat against Benfica and rectify their disappointing recent league form at Parkhead
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has urged his players to get their stuttering SPL home form back on track with a win against Inverness this Saturday.

The Bhoys are coming off the back of a narrow 2-1 defeat against Benfica in Tuesday's Champions League group match in Lisbon and Lennon is looking for a positive reaction after seeing his side win just half of their six league games at Parkhead this term.

"Off the back of a defeat they will be itching to get out there and play," Lennon told the club's official website.

"I think with our Benfica game being on the Tuesday we’ve had an extra day to recover so I think the squad will be fresh enough and I’m looking for a good performance."

“We’ve touched on the Kilmarnock and St Johnstone games and I don’t think our home form has been great this season. Our best performances in the league have come away from home and I want to remedy that. We’re looking for a positive and good football performance.”

Inverness will themselves be smarting after a 5-1 defeat to Motherwell at home last Sunday halted their impressive run and Lennon is wary of the Highland side's quality going forward as well as their stubbornness at the back.

He added: “Inverness, up until last weekend, were on a brilliant run and scoring a lot of goals. I don’t think the fact that they’ve lost one game will change Terry Butcher’s mentality at all.

“I think they will come and play and be difficult to beat and they will be a goal threat. They’ve scored the most goals in the division so far and they’ve had a wonderful first quarter of the season.”

Lennon has also admitted that captain Scott Brown's inclusion in the Celtic line up on Saturday is uncertain, as the Bhoys skipper is struggling with an on-going hip problem and has already decided to delay surgery until after the crucial final Champions League group game at home to Spartak Moscow.

He explained: “Scott Brown is in contention for tomorrow but it’s a balancing act in terms of game time and how we address his training programme as to whether we keep him active before the Spartak game, but we would like him fit for that game.”