Neil Lennon on the half-time team talk that led to "magnificent" Celtic display last night

By John McGinley

February 11, 2021

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was delighted with the performance of his team against St Mirren last night, especially in the second half, which he’s described as magnificent.

Celtic ran out 4-0 winners against the Buddies to pick up a third Scottish Premiership victory in a row.

Sustained form has been hard to come by in the new year, so understandably the manager was pleased with the evening’s work.

He wasn’t particularly happy with the first half though and had a ‘few words’ with his players at the interval, which he feels led to a ‘magnificent’ second 45 minutes.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Lennon said: “It’s a great win and probably the best we’ve played here for a long time. We could have won the game by more.

“I wasn’t particularly pleased with the first half. I thought we gave the ball away a lot under no real pressure.

“I had a few words with them at half-time but, in the second half, I thought we were magnificent.

“Everything about the team was brilliant and I just really enjoyed watching them play. Rogic was outstanding the whole way through the game. But I was delighted with the whole team and it’s a brilliant win.”

Celtic functional, still well short of magnificent

I know why the manager is talking up his team’s performance last night. That’s the only way to spin a 4-0 victory when things are going against you.

It was pleasing to see Celtic kill off a team too, something that has been missing far too often this season.

I think I’d stop short of calling the performance ‘magnificent’ though. It was functional, professional, what we’ve needed more of in our bid for ten.

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The goals were all well taken and a joy to watch, but this team still have a lot to prove individually and as a unit.

With the pressure off now and not much to play for, these stars should be bursting to impress every minute for their Celtic futures or a lucrative move elsewhere.

In other news, Albian Ajeti has hit back his diving critics.