NEIL LENNON praised all of his Celtic players for their determined and deserved 2-0 triumph over Rangers at Ibrox this afternoon.

The Hoops boss hailed his team for responding to recent criticism and maintaining their 100 per cent start to the Premiership campaign with a fourth successive victory while racking up SEVENTEEN goals in the process.

Odsonne Edouard danced through the Gers rearguard onto a through pass from Mikey Johnston to slide the opening strike beyond Allan McGregor just after the half-hour mark.

And the points were heading across Glasgow in stoppage-time when substitute Johnny Hayes, on for the limping Johnston near the end, raced clear onto an Olivier Ntcham ball to fire in the second after the keeper had blocked the original attempt.

Lennon, speaking to Sky Sports News, applauded his £10million French striker for his overall performance.

PRAISE BE…Odsonne Edouard looks heavenwards after opening the scoring.

The Irishman said: “He’s a very talented player. He’s having an outstanding 18 months now. He was a huge player for me when I came in from February onwards and he’s started the season in the same vein.

“He’s talented, he’s cold, he’s got great composure under pressure and his finish is typical Odsonne.

“We’re delighted with the progress he’s making and he could go on to have a fabulous career.”

Reflecting on the display and the victory, Lennon said: “It’s brilliant.

“It gives the players a bit of leeway. It’s been a monumental month in terms of games. You can see the impact it’s had on us physically.

“We’ve had one bad half of football in the nine games. The rest of it’s been absolutely outstanding, so I hope this is a real kick-start for our European season and the domestic season, as well.”

Lennon revealed he expects to be busy tomorrow before the transfer deadline at midnight.

He added: “I can’t predict anything, but you just never know.

“Deals come and go very, very quickly and if there’s anything to be done then we’ll do it.”

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