Celtic boss Neil Lennon was understandably delighted after the Hoops’ emphatic 6-0 victory over Ross County. The performance was one of Celtic’s best of the season so far.
However, Lennon went a bit further than that. He claimed that it was Celtic’s ‘most complete’ performance since he returned to the club in his second spell as manager.
“The most complete performance”
“I thought that was probably the most complete performance I’ve had in my second spell here” he told the Celtic Twitter account following the victory.
That is a very bold claim to make by the Hoops boss – but is he correct? There is one other performance that sticks out from his second spell so far – that is the 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox last month.
That was a superb performance. The Hoops went there as underdogs probably, despite winning the last nine domestic trophies in a row.
Despite losing on the two previous visits to Ibrox, Lennon produced a tactical masterclass. Celtic limited Rangers to very few chances, and were more than comfortable winners at the home of their biggest rivals.
The Hoops may have dropped points since then, but the win over Ross County shows that when Celtic are on-form, they can score at will. That was shown with a four-goal burst in 10 second-half minutes. In a way, that was as impressive as the win over Rangers.
However, with no disrespect meant to the Dingwall side, Celtic are expected to win against Ross County. They don’t always win at Ibrox.
It is understandable that Lennon was delighted with how Celtic responded to recent setbacks in such an emphatic style.
However, to say it is the best performance is probably a bit too much. It is undeniably one of the best performances, but the one at Ibrox probably edges it in terms of its importance to the club.