'You can't predict anything' - Celtic boss Neil Lennon refuses to rule out Hibs title challenge
Jack Ross takes his team to Parkhead on Sunday for the latest league fixture
Celtic boss Neil Lennon reckons it would be foolish to rule Hibs out of the title race at this stage.
The Northern Irishman comes up against his former side on Sunday afternoon at Parkhead as second welcome third.
Jack Ross’ men have impressed so far this campaign, losing just once against Aberdeen, while they held Rangers at Easter Road last week.
Hibs have caught the eye of Lennon as he recognises the danger the Capital club possess.
“It’s a big ask,” the Celtic boss said when asked if the Easter Road side could finish in the top two.
"I think the big two in Glasgow are strong and it’s a long season. But you never know. This is a year that’s unprecedented so you just can’t predict anything the way that things are going this season.
“Hibs are a proper big city club and certainly it was important I got them back into the Premiership.
“They get huge crowds at Easter Road, and I’m really pleased to see them doing so well.
“I just hope they don’t do so well on Sunday!"
Lennon has revealed his time as Hibs manager was a key moment in his career.
He guided the club back to the Premiership and then into Europe before exiting during the 2018/19 campaign.
“I loved my time at Hibs,” he said. “I had a brilliant time. I had a brilliant group of players and good people in the background. It’s a great club with a great support.
“I really did enjoy myself there, enjoyed it immensely. My time there reinvigorated me as a manager.
"The first time I went in I felt Stubbsy had left me a very good squad. They’d not long won the Scottish Cup. I just looked at the players and felt we had a chance. They kicked on and everything we asked of them they did very well.”