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  • Neil Lennon: St Mirren win underscores fantastic form

    Neil Lennon: St Mirren win underscores fantastic form

    By: Joe Donnelly on 26 Dec, 2019 17:26

  • TODAY’S 2-1 victory over St Mirren in Paisley means Celtic have won 11 league games on the bounce. Ahead of Sunday’s Glasgow derby at Paradise, Neil Lennon said the well-contested victory underlines the fine form his side have shown this season so far.

    First half goals from Academy graduates Callum McGregor and James Forrest helped the Hoops secure maximum points away from home, despite a consolation strike from Cammy MacPherson in the dying minutes.

    The manager said: “Today’s result is a great win. We could have made it a little more comfortable for ourselves, but their goalkeeper had a fantastic second half, to be fair, and some of the chances we created and some of the football was good as well.

    “We were a bit slow getting our shots off at times, but we also scored two great goals on the counter-attack. I thought we looked dangerous all day, but I would like us to put a more flattering scoreline on the board – but in terms of the performance, it was good.”

    Neil Lennon heaped praise on both McGregor and Forrest, and also singled out Buddies stopper Hladky for a string of top-class saves over 90 minutes.

    Now, the Hoops host their city rivals in their final encounter of the decade this coming Sunday, where a win would secure an eight-point gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

    He added: “Callum McGregor was brilliant all day again today. The run he made for the goal was fantastic, and the way he’s playing at the moment is to such a high standard. I’m delighted for Jamesy as well – I said to him before the game that he was due a goal and it was a brilliant goal. It was a great ball from Odsonne, James kept his composure, at pace, and finished it off brilliantly.

    “I can’t criticise the players, they’ve just won their 11th game in-a-row in the league, which is fantastic form. The form we’re in, are we looking forward to Sunday? Why not? We know what’s at stake on Sunday, and we know if we win how much we’ll be in front. After that, the players can get a well-earned rest.

    “From here, rest is our focus and then getting prepared for Sunday. We won’t listen to any outside noise, and we’ll fully-concentrate on one more big game of the year.” 

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