McManus: It's too early for title talk

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Stephen McManus has played down the significance of Celtic regaining the lead over Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The Hoops had surrendered a four-point advantage to the Ibrox club in recent weeks but a 2-1 win over Hamilton at New Douglas Park on Sunday took them one point clear.

But the Celtic skipper warned against reading too much into the league table at this stage of the season, saying: "We went to Hamilton to try and win the game which we did do which is great. We look to improve but overall we deserved the victory. It is early days and as the manager said you can't win anything at this stage."

He added: "It would be great to stay at the top of the league for the rest of the season but we know it's going to be tough and Rangers will be thinking the exact same as us.

"There is a long way to go. We know we need to improve and we will be working hard to do that."

Hamilton boss Billy Reid watched midfielder Marco Paixao lose possession to Andreas Hinkel which led to Celtic's first goal after 15 minutes and then saw James McArthur pass up on the chance in the 88th minute to give Accies an unlikely point.

However, Reid was not too downhearted, saying: "In the last couple of weeks we have been within 30 seconds of getting all three points at Tannadice and we came very close to getting a point from Celtic.

"So we are heading in the right direction. But I said to the players that we don't want any hard luck stories.

"As long as we learn from the mistakes we made and the mistake was the first goal and that killed the game."

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Stephen McManus
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Queens Park Rangers

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