Len­non has done very well says United boss

Hous­ton praises Celtic Celtic v Dundee United

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DUNDEE United man­ager Peter Hous­ton has praised Neil Len­non for keep­ing Celtic in con­tention for the Premier League ti­tle.

A run of three suc­ces­sive home draws in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber handed the ti­tle ini­tia­tive to Rangers be­fore a Celtic re­vival which means they en­ter this week­end’s fix­tures trail­ing their Old Firm ri­vals by one point with a game in hand.

“I think he’s done tremen­dously well,” said Hous­ton, speak­ing ahead of United’s clash at Park­head to­mor­row.

“They hit a rocky patch round about the time we drew with them at Celtic Park.

HOW THEY STAND

“Kil­marnock drew with them and In­ver­ness drew with them.

“A lot of peo­ple looked to him to see if he had the an­swers and to be fair he and his team had the an­swers and put on a tremen­dous run.

“He’s got a big squad of play­ers to choose from, but you’ve got to pick the right team to go and win the matches.

“It’s to his credit he’s done that – re­sults prove it.”

For the first time this sea­son, Hous­ton has a se­lec­tion dilemma, with Mor­garo Gomis, Sean Dil­lon, Mi­hael Ko­vace­vic and Paul Dixon all back from sus­pen­sion and only Dar­ren Dods out.

Hous­ton added: “Ev­ery­body’s back now and if I’m play­ing a 4-3-3 and look­ing for three mid­field play­ers and I’ve got Davie Robert­son, Scott Robert­son, Prince (Buaben) and Mor­garo – which one do I leave out?

“They all do sim­i­lar types of jobs and they’re good at it.

“And with Jon Daly and David Good­willie fight­ing for one striker place ... it gives you good headaches. Ear­lier in the sea­son we had 11 play­ers that were fit.

“And that’s why I give great credit to our play­ers be­cause they’ve dug in and that’s what makes it all the more sat­is­fy­ing that we’re in fourth place, eight points clear of Kil­marnock.”

While vic­tory at Park­head would in­flu­ence the ti­tle race, all Hous­ton is con­cen­trat­ing on is his team’s po­si­tion.

Hearts, seven points above United in third, take on fifth­placed Kil­marnock at Rugby Park to­mor­row.

Vic­tory for Jim Jef­feries’ men would take them 10 points clear of United and Hous­ton’s men would re­quire a win at Celtic to have any hope of over­haul­ing Hearts.

But a Hearts vic­tory would also all but se­cure fourth place, as Kil­lie trail United by eight points. Hous­ton added: “We’re go­ing for fourth place and nail­ing it down.”

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