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Rangers vs. Celtic: Hoops Will Keep It Classy in Demolition of Bitter Rival

PETERHEAD, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 08:  Neil Lennon coach of Celtic issues instructions to his players during the Scottish Cup fourth round between Peterhead and Celtic at Balmoor Park on January 8, 2012 in Peterhead, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIMarch 24, 2012

Celtic is going to destroy their bitter rival Rangers in their latest fixture, and they're going to do so in a classy manner.

I know, it's tough to imagine a demolition being classy, but if there's anything that I respect about this Celtic side, it's their manager, Neil Lennon.

The Hoops are well ahead of the Rangers in the league table, currently boasting a 75-54 lead over their rivals. They are the clear favorites to win the Scottish Premier League title, and they may just have a chance to do so on their rival's home turf if everything matches up.

According to ESPNSoccernet, the Hoops can win the SPL title if Motherwell, who is currently tied with the Rangers at 54 points, loses to Kilmarnock on Saturday. Their report also quotes Celtic's head man Lennon, who says they won't be there to "gloat":

The Celtic boss said: ''We had the police up on Wednesday, we had a chat with the head of the police organisation about the game on Sunday but not with regards post-match celebrations.

''I think he just wants to make sure that the game goes as well as it possibly can go which I totally understand.

''The last thing we want to do is rub it in people's faces. We won't be there to gloat. We will be respectful of everyone at the stadium.''

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Gary Hooper of Celtic celebrates after scoring during the Scottish Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle Park on February 8, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell
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It's a huge deal to win a title in any sport, but to do so against a bitter rival and in front of their fans is something that very few teams get to experience. The fact that Lennon has already come out and said that his side won't rub it in Rangers' faces is exceptional, and it's a classy move on his part.

It also goes to show you how focused this Celtic team is. All they can do is take care of business and beat Rangers, and that seems to be all they are worried about.

Celebrations and league titles are all secondary goals, and they don't matter if they don't beat their rival.

I expect a demolition on Sunday. A classy demolition.

 

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