Michael Weir: Celtic didn’t lie down – Hibs were just too good

Other clubs will be taking notice of Neil Lennon's achievements at Hibs
Other clubs will be taking notice of Neil Lennon's achievements at Hibs
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Hibs’ brilliant victory over Celtic has just sent Neil Lennon’s stock soaring even higher.

The manager really has done an excellent job since he arrived at Easter Road. To take the club from the Championship to the brink of second place in the Premiership in such a short space of time is a phenomenal achievement. He’s made the players better and made them stronger mentally.

Unfortunately when you’re doing as well as Hibs are at the moment, it’s inevitable other teams will be keeping tabs on your manager. Neil already had a good CV before he came to Hibs, so I think it’s only a matter of time before other clubs come sniffing. That’s just the nature of football.

We’ve had plenty good performances throughout the season but I don’t think we’ve had a better one than we had on Saturday. It was a perfect performance for me. We were a constant threat and were really solid at the back against a side who are going to win the league.

Some people are mischievously suggesting Celtic lay down so they could try and clinch the title against Rangers this weekend – you always get those type of conspiracy theories in situations like that, but it’s a lot of nonsense. Celtic are far too professional a team for that. There’s no doubt their players and manager wanted to win the league on Saturday. The reason they didn’t play well is simply that Hibs were so good we stopped them playing. They just couldn’t handle us on the day. We fully deserved everything we got and we can take a lot of confidence from that into the last four games of the season.

Aberdeen and Rangers will have been hoping for Hibs to drop points on Saturday but we’re so strong now that I genuinely don’t expect us to lose to anyone at the moment. It will be difficult, obviously, but the way we are playing at the moment, I don’t see any reason why we can’t win all four of our remaining matches this season. As a player, you always want something to play for at the end of a season and we’ve certainly got that.

We’ve got a tricky game against Kilmarnock at Easter Road on Saturday and they’ll be looking to bounce back after the disappointment of their defeat to Aberdeen, but we’re playing so well we have to fancy ourselves.