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  • Neil Lennon: Trophy day performance was befitting of champions

    Neil Lennon: Trophy day performance was befitting of champions

    By: Tony Connelly on 19 May, 2019 19:07

  • NEIL Lennon summed up his side's Trophy Day performance as excellent following their 2-1 win against Hearts, and said the atmosphere inside Paradise was beautiful as Celtic celebrated eight-in-a-row. 

    A much-changed Celtic side rounded off the final league game of the season in style as they outclassed Hearts at Paradise before being presented with the Scottish Premiership trophy.

    With the Scottish Cup final just six days away, Neil Lennon made sweeping changes to his squad and he said he was pleased with his team's performance.

    “The players have been excellent, absolutely excellent, and now we look forward to a good week,” the Celtic manager said. “I really enjoyed it. It felt like the Celtic Park I know. It was beautiful, the atmosphere and everything today. The performance and connection between the players and fans rolled back the years for me.

    “The fans chanting my name was a nice moment, so again you enjoy that. But it’s the whole trophy day, what it means. It was a very difficult period to negotiate from a manager’s point of view. And the players have been excellent, absolutely excellent.

    “We won the league by nine points and that’s a very healthy total. We’ve lost one game since December, so we’ve really put our foot on the pedal in the second-half of the season."

    “I take credit for the win here. I picked the team!" the Irishman joked. "I’ve done my bit, but all the foundation, the platform and the players - that was down to Brendan. It’s eight-in-a-row, so we have to think about Ronny Deila’s contribution, Brendan’s, and my own.

    “Of course, some of the tension has gone. We’ve got the big one. People are talking about the Treble now, but it’s all about the players this week and keeping them bubbling. They like the big games and have a big-game mentality, so we have to get the preparation right."

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