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PREMIERSHIP REWIND: LENNON PRAISES ‘RUTHLESS’ CELTIC

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DELIGHTED Neil Lennon hailed Celtic as they ran poor Ross County ragged in a 6-0 demolition at Parkhead yesterday.

And the Hoops boss reckoned the showing was the most complete performance of both his spells as the team’s manager.

Doubles from Odsonne Edouard and Mohamed Elyounoussi and singles from Callum McGregor and James Forrest saw the eight-in-a-row champions go back to the top of the Premiership with Rangers due to play Hearts at Tynecastle this afternoon.

Asked if he had been pleased with the showing, Lennon, speaking to the Evening Times, answered: “That’s an understatement. I thought it was probably the most complete display in my second spell and maybe amongst the best in my time here over the two spells.

“I thought we were brilliant first-half and very unfortunate not to have more goals. Their keeper, Ross Laidlaw, had a great game. We played some spectacular football – it was exhilarating, there was athleticism, an appetite and an intensity to win the game.

“Then we threw down the challenge at half-time. We can be a nice team and play good football and give the other team oxygen to stay in the game or be ruthless.

“They answered in spades. We have good team and there’s more to come from them.

“That was a marvellous team performance all round. I don’t know how they picked Man of Match.”

Lennon’s side were coming off the back of a dismal 90 minutes against Livingston when they went down meekly to a 2-0 loss in West Lothian a fortnight ago.

The week before, they had surrendered their 100 per cent domestic record to Hibs in a 1-1 stalemate at Easter Road.

The Irishman is now preparing his players for the visit of Lazio for the Europa League Group E encounter in Glasgow on Thursday night.

Lennon is hoping he will have Olivier Ntcham, who suffered an ankle injury in training last week, available .

He added: “Olivier rolled his ankle on Thursday. But he had a scan yesterday and we’re hoping he should be okay.”

 

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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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