NEIL LENNON has praised his “brilliant bunch” of players and singled out Odsonne Edouard for special mention after their 5-2 Betfred League Cup semi-final triumph over Hibs at Hampden on Saturday night.

The French Under-21 international striker didn’t get on the scoresheet on this occasion as Mohamed Elyounoussi and skipper Scott Brown tucked away doubles while Callum McGregor chipped in with another.

However, the Celtic manager reflected on an encounter to savour with the prize a place in the Final against Rangers at the national stadium on Sunday, December 8.

The Parkhead men made it THIRTY successive domestic Cup-ties unbeaten and the Irishman could not disguise his pleasure.

Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I’m proud of them all. The new guys coming in have settled in brilliantly now, the players who have been here, whether it be myself first time, Ronny or Brendan, I’m proud of them all, they’re a brilliant group.

“They have done some special things and they have the capability to go on and do even more special things.

“I’m really enjoying managing them, they’re a brilliant bunch.

“We’ll have a few dips along the way, but, in the main, they’re in a really good place at the minute.

“We’re not getting carried away, but we’re enjoying watching them play and what they are doing.

“Edouard is a joy to watch. He just comes to life all of a sudden, he has that laconic style and then he just bursts into life.

“He’s got these beautiful feet where he just dances past people, he picked the right pass, he was unlucky not to score himself.

“He led the line briliantly. At 21, he is fantastic to watch, and he must be fantastic to play with.

“He’s shown that for a long time, his all-round game is getting better and better.

“He has added a volume of goals this season and he is well on his way to getting a really good notch-up by the end of the season.”

Lennon will now turn his thoughts to the Europa League Group E confrontation with Serie A outfit Lazio at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday night.

The Hoops travel to Rome as the section leaders with seven points following wins over the Italians and Cluj in Glasgow and a 1-1 draw with Rennes in France.



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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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