"Outstanding", "Brilliant"; Lenny applauds his Celtic team after 3-0 win

By Euan Davidson

December 26, 2020

It’s nice to see Celtic manager Neil Lennon with a smile on his face.

During the tough times, everyone has questioned whether or not Lenny should be the manager at Celtic. Days like today strengthen his case.

Celtic were on devastating form, as they built on a solid but goalless first half to emerge 3-0 victors. Goals from Edouard, Griffiths and Turnbull were enough to see off Hamilton on a stormy day in South Lanarkshire.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neil Lennon said:

“I thought they were outstanding. I thought their attitude to the game was brilliant and the football, I thought we deserved more out of the first half.

“Body language, everything about the players today was spot on. We’re looking far more like ourselves.

“I was delighted with the first half, only thing missing was a goal or two. We looked a real threat and our sharpness of play, our passing was really crisp on a really difficult day.

“A lot of the hard work was done in the first half with the way the players approached the game.”

 

The Bhoys: back in town. Celtic’s Edouard and Griffiths / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic boss praises strike duo

Lennon was particularly pleased with his strikers. Edouard avoided repeating his Panenka heroics, cooly slotting home a penalty past Kyle Gourlay.

Lennon said:

“I trust him with the penalties, he’s only missed once since I’ve been here. He’s scored goals in Cup Finals, in big games from the penalty spot.

“He looked far more like himself, some of his play was magnificent. He’s a joy to watch at times.”

Speaking more broadly about the front two of Edouard and Griffiths, Lennon added:

“I’ve got two good strikers there. The link-up for the second goal was great. Everyone today looked more like themselves. There was a fluency in the movement and running off the ball.”

Celtic do the huddle before beating Hamilton / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Confidence across the side

Mentality has been the central question at Celtic, particularly during the Bhoys’ torrid win of 2 wins in 12 matches. Quite often, Lennon’s men have surrendered leads, or just failed to turn up at all.

That wasn’t the case at New Douglas Park, with the Hoops being on it from the first second to the last.

Lennon claimed:

“I would never question their character. At times I’ve felt they were feeling sorry for themselves and going off the boil. They’ve turned a little bit of a corner.

“The way they’ve played today gives us a lot of confidence going foward.”

Sounds good to us.

Around the league, our next opponents battled to a last-minute draw and our rivals avoided conceding a penalty in murky circumstances.