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LENNON IS BHOYED UP; SPL OLD FIRM PREVIEW.

DeFIANT Celtic manager Neil Lennon is fearless ahead of his side's visit to Ibrox today where they take on Rangers in the first Old Firm derby of the season.

The tinderbox fixture is a midday kick-off to limit crowd trouble but Lennon, who has captain Scott Brown and striker Anthony Stokes back after injury, loves all the hype.

The Bhoys boss said: "You love Old Firm games when you win and hate them when you lose.

"It isn't intimidating but there's always an edge to the atmosphere which is always good."

Rangers boss Ally McCoist also has players back at his disposal after injury, including Nikica Jelavic, Lee McCulloch and Sasa Papac, but defenders David Wier (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley (hernia) are sidelined.

Last season, in a 1-0 defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup, McCoist had three players sent off and he is aware his side's discipline will be closely watched.

He said: "The scrutiny on the players and coaches and management is always there.

"It's something you've just got to handle."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2011
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