John Kennedy reckons the Celtic's Lennoxtown training ground is the "calmest place in Scotland" ahead of the derby fixture against Rangers at Ibrox.

The Glasgow rivals go head-to-head in a crucial title race contest next Sunday.

Celtic currently lead the Scottish Premiership by a point over Rangers - however, the Ibrox side have a game in hand.

But despite the huge contest next weekend and reaching the business end of the season, Kennedy reckons Celtic have calm heads in their squad and among their staff.

He told BBC Scotland: "I'm not just saying this, it's probably the calmest place in Scotland, inside our training ground.

"We know it's about the sessions we do and the preparation we put in.  The reality is we just have to take each day as it comes and make sure we prepare properly.

"We know when we're fully prepared and we're at it, which we have been in the last little while, we know we will go there in good spirits and go and attack the game as we always do.

"The thing is, if you get caught up too early in the week and allow the emotion to set in too early, that's draining.

"For us, it's about keeping calm, controlling what we can control which is the training and then when next weekend comes, we'll deal with that."

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On the victory over Livingston, Kennedy added: “It was very good.

“As everyone knows, coming here, especially on a day like today when the sun is out and drying the pitch up, it can be difficult.

“But the boys were very good, very professional. We didn’t give Livingston very much at all in terms of territory or getting into our box, which is always important here.

“And in our attacking play, we stuck at it. In the first half we could have scored. We got into some great areas and maybe the final ball wasn’t there or things got blocked.

“But we showed that calmness, which is important at this time of year."