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PREMIERSHIP REWIND: LENNON ADMITS ‘ONLY GRIPE’

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NEIL LENNON praised his Celtic players following a whirlwind three-games-in-six-days schedule that was completed with the 2-0 victory over St Mirren at Parkhead last night.

A week ago today, the Hoops overcame Serie A outfit Lazio 2-1 in the Europa League Group E encounter in Glasgow and then faced the trip to Pittodrie on Sunday for the crucial Premiership confrontation against Aberdeen.

Four goals in a spectacular first-half burst from Odsonne Edouard, Jeremie Frimpong, James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi made certain of the points.

The hat-trick of fixtures was complete against a stubborn Saints side who held out until the interval before they were hit by a two-goal blast.

Elyounoussi snapped onto an Edouard rebound off the post to thump in the opener in the 49th minute and shortly afterwards Forrest, fresh from agreeing a new four-year contract extension, fired in the second.

The latest Premiership triumph meant the champions have scored TWELVE goals in their last three outings – with a 6-0 victory over Ross County included – in their bid for nine in a row. And Fraser Forster has kept the opponents out at the other end.

Lennon, speaking to the club website, said: “It was a difficult game, difficult opponents and difficult circumstances off the back of the intensity of the last few games. These are sometimes psychologically difficult games.

“You could see that in the first-half a little bit. We were a little bit hesitant, if you want to call it that.

“We still created some decent chances, but the response after half-time was fantastic and my only gripe is that we didn’t win the game by more.

“We had good chances in the second-half to go three four up. It’s a very good performance in the midst of a very heavy schedule of games.”

Greg Taylor, bought from Kilmarnock for £2.25million on transfer deadline day, made his Hoops debut and the Hoops gaffer praised the 21-year-old left-back for his display in defence and in attack.

He added: “I’m delighted with him. It was a good debut and solid defensively. He showed that consistency in defence and going forward. He can be delighted.

“You have to remember, this was his first game a long time, so it was really important that he got the minutes and that will stand him in good stead going forward.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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