I could understand Neil Lennon’s reaction at Dens Park last weekend.

A few weeks back I said that I thought Scott Brown’s celebration when Celtic beat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park was a bit over the top but there is a different kind of pressure with Lennon at the minute.

In some ways, I think it was simply a reaction to the situation he is. I also think there is an element of underlining just what it means to him.

As managers, we all react differently to things. We might feel the same thing internally but some of us are more subdued than others.

I do think, too, that Lennon has that side to him.

I think he has come back to Celtic as a better manager than the one who left. I think aspects of his approach have changed and I think he has developed his managerial style.

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It will be interesting to see just what happens over the next few months because I think he has proven that he is a safe pair of hands.

Since Brendan Rodgers left the club, Celtic have opened up a 10-point gap at the top of the table, they have booked their place in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup and they have bolstered their finances to the tune of £9m.

Given that the situation of Rodgers heading south to Leicester was not of Celtic’s making nor what they have wished at the stage of the season they were at, they have come out of it all pretty well.

In some ways you could say that Rodgers has compensated the fact that there was no Champions League group stage money this season.

And I also think you have to applaud the club for protecting its assets.

Making sure that Rodgers as well as his backroom staff were all on watertight contracts with a big release clause has given them a buffer.

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The expectancy is that the summer there will be some kind of rebuilding programme expected given the volume of players who are set to leave the club.

There are obvious holes which will emerge before the Champions League qualifiers with central defenders a priority given that Filip Benkovic will join up with Rodgers at Leicester and Dedryck Boyata is expected to leave the club too.

Coming into the key months of the season, now, you would have to say that Celtic have done more than just make the best out of a bad situation.

That is not to say I think it will be a stroll to bag another Treble.

Aberdeen will be tough opponents next month in the Scottish Cup semi-final and you just never know what can happen in that situation.

But with a ten point lead at the top of the table I do think that the pressure is all on Rangers ahead of that game at Celtic Park at the end of the month.

Put it this way, you would far rather be in Celtic’s position than Rangers.

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There is, of course, always an element of pressure attached to these games but I think the game would have had a different complexion to it had Rangers beat Kilmarnock at the weekend and Celtic had been held to a draw.

What this weekend achieve in doing was almost expunging that little glimmer of hope that Rangers might have been clinging on to.

Instead, Celtic have been able to maximise the fact that Steven Gerrard’s side slipped up and you really do feel now that it is a case of getting to the finish line now.

There is obviously still a bit to go but you just feel that Celtic have emerged in good shape from a period that could have been deeply unstabilising.