Neil Lennon admits only a "huge collapse" will prevent the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title heading to Parkhead after Gary Hooper's second-half strike in the 1-0 home win over Motherwell took Celtic 23 points clear of administration-hit Rangers.

After a lacklustre first half, the former Scunthorpe striker latched onto a Georgios Samaras knock down in the 59th minute and fired in from close range for his 20th goal of the season. Celtic were not at their best but nevertheless deserved to record their 14th straight win - and 20th in purely domestic competitions - as they continue in their quest for the treble.

The Hoops boss, who confirmed that skipper Scott Brown, who missed the game with a groin injury, was a major doubt for Scotland's friendly against Slovenia on Wednesday, said: "It is going to take a huge collapse for us now to throw it away."

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