Celtic manager Neil Lennon hopes some of the stay-away fans will return to Parkhead after a 2-1 victory over Motherwell began the healing process from the Scottish Cup shock against Ross County.
There appeared to be fewer fans inside Celtic Park than the official 27,750 attendance suggested but those who did turn up were generally supportive of the team during a tricky Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter against a positive Motherwell side. A small pocket of supporters sang throughout the 90 minutes as Josh Thompson's second-half double cancelled out the opening goal from Mark Reynolds.
Lennon was accustomed to playing in front of 60,000 crowds when he captained Celtic but he did not anticipate anywhere near a full house on Tuesday night. "It wasn't odd, it's what I expected," Lennon said. "I was grateful for the people who did turn up, I was grateful for the people who sang throughout the game and got behind the team even through the difficult periods."
He added: "I totally understand, but hopefully a few of them will come back now and support the team on Saturday.
"We have to finish second and we have to try to beat Rangers, and then we'll salvage a little something from this season."
Lennon, whose side host Hibernian at the weekend, added: "Obviously we are still hurting after Saturday but that's the way to respond.
"It wasn't easy, Motherwell are a good side, a good attacking threat, but so are we.
"I thought (Aiden) McGeady in the second half was tremendous. I asked for a big performance in the second half.
"We didn't do enough in the final third in the first half, although the application and attitude and work-rate was a lot, lot better than Saturday. But he and (Diomansy) Kamara lit the place up."
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