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PREMiERSHIP REWIND 1: LENNON’S THREE CHEERS

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NEIL LENNON is delighted to have Celtic’s Three Musketeers all sparking at a crucial part of the campaign.

The colourful trio of Ryan Christie (2), Tom Rogic and Mikey Johnston shared the goals in the 4-1 Premiership victory over Ross County in Dingwall yesterday.

It was another important triumph as the champions bid for nine in a row plus aiming to make an impact in the Europa League knock-out stages next year with the draw due for the last 32 due on December 16.

The victory over the Highlanders was the first of nine games the Parkhead men face this month, including Sunday’s Betfred League Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden.

As he prepared his squad for the midweek visit of Hamilton Accies, Lennon admitted: “I’m delighted for Tom. He has worked hard at his conditioning. We know he’s got a goal in him and that bit of creativity.

“Ryan’s second goal was a thing of beauty, his composure at the finish, and then Mikey came off the bench and if we can keep him fit what an asset he’s going to be for us.”

Rogic and Johnston have struggled for full fitness this season and the 20-year-old winger made only his second appearance against County in almost three months following his injury in the 2-0 win at Ibrox on September 1.

FAN-TASTIC…Mikey Johnston celebrates with the supporters after his goal.

He came on as a second-half substitute against Rennes in the Europa League Group E encounter on Thursday and scored the third goal in the 3-1 success.

And the tricky raider staged an action replay in the Highlands when he netted within a minute of replacing Rogic to cap the 4-1 triumph.

A delighted Lennon told Celtic TV: “I wanted to get him on earlier, but Tom went up and got his goal which I was delighted about, so I left the substitution a bit longer.

“And then Mikey comes on and he is in a good place at the minute, you know it’s softly softly with him in terms of getting him on the pitch.

“That’s two substitute appearances in a row he’s come on and made an outstanding contribution, so we are delighted with him and the quality of his play is very high at the moment and that augurs well for next week.”

Next up will be Hamilton Accies on Wednesday before the silverware showdown with Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit which will be followed by the trip to Romania four days later to face Cluj and bring down the curtain on their Europa League section in which they have already clinched top spot.

Celtic then head towards the winter break with Premiership matches against Hibs (h), Hearts (a), Aberdeen (h), St Mirren (a) and Rangers at Parkhead on December 29.

 

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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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