Lennon has done very well says United boss
Houston praises Celtic Celtic v Dundee United
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.
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“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.”