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No need to panic - Lennon

December 25, 2010

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is optimistic his team can turn around their recent indifferent sequence of results - starting against St Johnstone.

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The Hoops have drawn three consecutive home games ahead of a Parkhead double header against St Johnstone on Boxing Day and Motherwell on Wednesday.

Lennon's side followed late collapses against Dundee United and Inverness with a last-gasp comeback of their own on Tuesday when Thomas Rogne headed home in the 85th minute to earn a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock.

Celtic have lost Shaun Maloney and Gary Hooper for long spells after both suffered ankle injuries in the last two games and will see Ki Sung-yueng and Cha Du-ri depart for South Korea's Asian Cup campaign after the visit of St Johnstone. However, Lennon has Scott Brown, James Forrest and Beram Kayal all coming back to fitness and is upbeat about his side's prospects.

''It's always a worry. It was an opportunity lost the other night, but we're not even halfway through the season so I don't feel the need to panic,'' the former Celtic captain said. ''If we play like that for the remainder of the season then I'll be delighted because I think we'll win a lot more games playing that way.

''You would rather play poorly and win. There was a lack of concentration for the goal and a lack of composure in front of goal but overall the performance was very, very good.

''Ki was outstanding, I know we are going to miss him for three or four weeks. Forrest, considering he has been out for three months, was excellent for a long period of time, he tired a little bit.

''We've got Brown back, we've got Kayal back. There is a lot to be positive about, although we do have to start winning games.''