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  • Manager: It's been a good week and we're delighted to be top again

    Manager: It's been a good week and we're delighted to be top again

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 19 Sep, 2020 18:01

  • NEIL Lennon watched his side record their third league win in a week, with the 3-2 victory over Livingston putting Celtic back on top of the Premiership.

    The Hoops had found themselves trailing to a Jason Holt penalty, but a quickfire double from Callum McGregor – his 50th goal for the club – and Ryan Christie – gave the champions a half-time lead.

    And when Albian Ajeti scored six minutes after the break with his fourth goal for the Hoops, it looked like the points were secure.

    But a stunning strike by Livingston midfielder, Jullien Serrano, with 13 minutes remaining, made for a slightly nervous end to the match, although Celtic thoroughly merited all three points.

    Speaking after the game, the Celtic manager said: “It was a great win. It’s been a great week and we're top of the league so that's all we can ask from the players at the minute.

    “It shouldn't have been narrow. Our reaction again was very good. We scored two great goals in the first-half and another great third after half-time. Then we switched off and it was a poor goal to concede from our point of view, the second one. It made life hard for ourselves at the end.

    “I didn't think we started the game poorly at all and I didn't think we were under much pressure. It was a little unlucky, I thought we should've had a penalty but we reacted well and scored some great goals.

    “I'm not going to be critical of the team. There's too much of that. There are lots of expectation but they're doing very well. That’s six wins out seven and a draw, and continues the unbeaten run in the lead.

    “We were maybe not at full throttle, but we could've won the game by four or five. However, the second goal changed the psychology of the game a little bit but I thought it was another fine performance from us.”

    Celtic’s third, and decisive goal, came in the 51 minute from the left foot of Albian Ajeti. The Swiss striker has hit the ground running since joining the club from West Ham United, and already has four goals to his name.

    And his manager was delighted, both with the finish and the move which created the chance for the 23-year-old

    “It was a brilliant goal, brilliantly worked and crafted,” he said. “It was good play from Hatem and Olivier and lovely quick feet from Ryan, and it's a superb finish. That's four goals Albian's got already. It was a magnificent finish and it proved to be a matchwinner today.

    “All three goals were brilliantly worked. Greg had another good game and assist. We'll see how he is but he looks okay. We've got Odsonne fresh and we'll assess Chris Jullien on Monday but we're hoping he'll be okay.”

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