NEIL LENNON says that talk of the Premiership title being secured is premature, with Celtic still ‘a million miles away’ from sealing a ninth consecutive Premiership crown.

The champions moved 12 points ahead of Rangers yesterday by beating Kilmarnock at Celtic Park after Steven Gerrard’s men had dropped points yet again in a draw against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

But Lennon has poured cold water on any early title celebrations, saying it is important his men concentrate on the here and now, a formula that has brought them to this point since the winter break.

“I don’t want to talk about titles,” Lennon said. “I just want to talk about the game. The title is a million miles away as far as we are concerned.

“We just want to concentrate on our affairs. Since the turn of the year we have been magnificent. The fact we have won ten domestic games says my team is very good.

“I don’t want to keep going on about mentality and stuff, but we have some outstanding footballers.

“There was a lot of good football and the guys deserve a lot of credit.”

Lennon was satisfied after the match to how his team reacted to an early penalty that was tucked away be Eamonn Brophy, as goals from Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths sealed their tenth league win in a row since returning to action in January.

“The performance and the reaction to going a goal down pleased me most,” he said.

“Though I felt the first shouldn’t have counted as Brophy was offside when he got the ball.

“In the second half we were outstanding, and I think some of our football was simply irresistible at times.

“I’m delighted with them. Delighted with the quality and desire to get the ball back at times.

“I think Kilmarnock are a good side and a difficult nut to crack. But we played very well today, first of all from a sense of injustice from losing the goal. There was real controlled aggression after that.”

Celtic now turn their attention back to Copenhagen, with the second leg of their last 32 tie to come this Thursday.

Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham and James Forrest all sat out of the win over Kilmarnock through injury, and Forrest is the only one who looks guaranteed to make the match against the Danish champions.

“Jamesy should be fine but we will have to wait and see with the other two,” Lennon said.

“Olly has a bit of a calf strain that he has been playing with for the past two games and we didn’t want to risk him.”