NEIL LENNON reckoned Celtic played just as well in the second-half as they did when they scored four goals in the first 45 minutes in the 4-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie yesterday.
Odsonne Edouard fired the Hoops into a 10th-minute lead and new Bhoy Jeremie Frimpong added a second five minutes later. James Forrest finished off a sweeping 13-pass move to tuck the third behind Joe Lewis and Mohamed Elyounoussi joined in the goal parade just before the interval.
However, despite several near things, the champions could not add to their tally in the second period.
Lewis made a fine full-length diving save to deny Edouard at a free-kick and Elyounoussi, Forrest, Frimpong and Tom Rogic all thumped efforts over the bar.
Lennon, though, was delighted with the team’s overall effort and told BT Sport: “It’s been a fantastic week and the performance was magnificent.
“We go in 4-0 at half-time and it’s hard to maintain those levels, but I thought we played just as well second half.
“We left our shooting boots at home in second-half, but to come here and play the quality of football, with the ruthlessness in front of goal, the combination play and the defending- it was just an outstanding performance.
NUMBER ONE…Odsonne Edouard prepares to pull the trigger to start the goal rout.
NUMBER TWO…Jeremie Frimpong takes advantage of a melee in the penalty box.
NUMBER THREE…James Forrest accepts the accaim of the fans after tucking away the third goal.
NUMBER FOUR…Mohamed Elyounoussi wraps up the scoring just before the interval.
“I’m so proud of the players and really happy with them.
“Aberdeen are tough opposition at any time of the season, so to start the game the way we did – Odsonne’s got us off to a flyer with a brilliant individual goal – you could just see the quality and the confidence ease through the team.”
Frimpong, the 18-year-old Dutchman who arrived from Manchester City on deadline day, dazzled in his third first team appearance and scored his first goal for the Hoops.
Lennon beamed: “I’m delighted he got his goal, I thought his all-round game was superb, he gives you that energy and enthusiasm – and quality.
“He and Forrest are a good combination, Elyounoussi and Bolingoli, too, and I have to say I thought Tom Rogic just got better and better the longer the game went on. It was great to see Tom back to that level of performance because he’s an outstanding footballer.”
The Parkhead chief added: “When you think of our bench, then you’ve got the likes of Olivier Ntcham, Ryan Christie, and Mikey Johnston to come in, as well.
“The boys that are playing at the minute, their levels are outstanding.
“It was a big effort on Thursday night against Lazio, a very intense game, mentally and physically draining.
“You could see psychologically what it meant to them, but we’ve backed that up with an outstanding performance.”