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CELTIC displayed a consistent ability to thrive under pressure during their nine-in-a-row run, and Neil Lennon said his side will not be distracted by the pressure as they prepare to embark on their quest for a 10th consecutive title.

The hoops will attempt to create Scottish football history by becoming the first team to win 10 in a row, and that quest begins on Sunday, August 2 when they take on Hamilton Accies at Paradise.

Speaking after the 2020/21 fixtures were announced, Neil Lennon said: “We’ve got to take it as the next title. For some players, it’ll be their first title pursuit and for others it’ll be their tenth. We have to keep a balance and remind them it’s the next one.

“There’s going to be a lot of hype surrounding it from the outside. We’ve got to find our levels and our consistency as quickly as we possibly can. It is monumental what we’re going for but we can’t let that distract us from actually playing the games.

“When teams come to play us they subconsciously raise their game and try to become far more difficult to beat,” the Hoops boss added. “We’re looking to improve as individuals and as a group, that’s the incentive for us and there’s huge motivation for the players going into this season on the domestic front. We have Champions League qualifiers to look forward to in August and that’ll be a big push for us from our point of view to try and qualify for that.

“It’s difficult sometimes without the supporters, there’s no question about that. That’s something we’ll have to adapt to very quickly but, in terms of training and getting ready for the games, nothing’s changed really.

“Hopefully by September or October we’ll get permission to get fans in through the doors, which would be fantastic. While it’s great to see football back, it’s just not the same without the supporters.”