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‘IBROX RESULT UP THERE WITH BARCA WIN,’ LENNON

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NEIL LENNON has compared his side’s 2-1 victory at Ibrox to the famous triumph over Barcelona in 2012 as Celtic manager.

The Hibs gaffer oversaw his second victory over the Govan club of the season as goals from John McGinn and Jamie MacLaren either side of a Sean Goss free kick, giving the Easter Road side all three points.

“It’s up there in my managerial career with the Barcelona result. Just under the circumstances, the injuries that we had.

“It’s our fifth game in 13 days, I’ve lost Hanlon, I’ve lost McGregor, I’ve lost Whittaker, I’ve lost Gray.

“So I’ve got Lewis Stevenson, my left back, playing left centre-back, I’ve got John McGinn, a midfielder, playing left wing back, I’ve got Martin Boyle, a winger, playing right wing-back. So there were a lot of square pegs in round holes.

“But the new boys had another excellent game, Scott Allan was fantastic and we really played some good football, especially in the first half.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my team. To go there when Rangers have their tails up and play so strongly is fantastic.”

Lennon heaped praise on match winner, Jamie MacLaren, who successfully converted the penalty kick against Foderingham in the Rangers goal. The 24-year-old scored his first goal for the club since signing on loan from Bundesliga 2 outfit Darmstadt.

“MacLaren’s movement was excellent and his link-up play with Kamberi was very good, considering they haven’t played together before.

“He’s smart, he’s intelligent, and he took the responsibility of the penalty as well, no-one was getting the ball off him.

“He’s a little bit undercooked still in terms of football, but he can be delighted with his contribution. The players are off until Thursday now and it’s a well-deserved rest. They’ve covered themselves in glory this week.”

Hibs are now out of action until the 17th of February when they host Aberdeen at Easter Road.

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