NEIL LENNON reckons Celtic should have been six-hit wonders in their 2-0 Premiership victory over Ross County at Parkhead last night.

Instead, the champions had to rely on a first-half strike from David Turnbull and a header from Leigh Griffiths to secure three points against the club that knocked them out of the Betfred League Cup last month.

The Hoops dominated the Highlanders, but squandered several good chances with Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard the main culprits with some wayward finishing. It was no surprise when the misfiring Frenchman, who passed up three excellent opportunities in the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts on Sunday, was withdrawn just after the 70th-minute mark with Mikey Johnston coming on.

Lennon believes his players could life a lot more comfortable for themselves if they had tucked away a few of the chances that came their way and it was only after the neat header from the 30-year-old Scotland international striker that the team could relax a little.

The Irishman, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “We could have won by six if we had taken our chances and not taken the extra touch. So, we could have put a real gloss on the scoreline.

“Leigh Griffiths is never short of confidence. I just think getting 80 minutes into his legs helped and he could have had a hat-trick.

“He will say ‘play me’, but I think the more he plays, the more he stays fit, the more he will be an asset for us going forward.”

Lennon hopes to continue building momentum after going five games without defeat and gaining confidence from lifting the Scottish Cup to complete the phenomenal quadruple treble with the team’s twelfth successive domestic honour.

He added: “We want to get the level of performances and the wins.

“We are taking it game by game and not getting carried away. I’m pleased. It was a comfortable performance and a great three points.”


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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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