Former Celtic star Pat Bonner has highlighted an on-pitch moment after last week’s victory away to Hearts at Tynecastle that indicates to him the defensive pride in Neil Lennon’s team, The Scottish Sun report.

The Hoops managed to secure all three points against Daniel Stendel’s men, also keeping a clean sheet in the process.

Bonner, who is regularly found on commentary duties for BBC Scotland, thinks it was that clean sheet that delighted Fraser Forster, Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer, given the way they celebrated at the full-time whistle.

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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the former goalkeeper said: “The reaction of Jullien, Ajer and Forster at the full-time whistle in the game against Hearts last midweek was very interesting for me.

“Celtic coasted to a win in the end, but they clenched their fists at full-time. It showed me that they take pride in keeping the ball out of the net.

“Of course, you have to be good in other parts of the game as defenders, but the two centre-backs look as if they enjoy defending. The reaction to the clean sheet against Hearts is what I like to see and the first thing I look for after a game.”

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The Hoops legend goes on to note that they all look particularly angry when losing a goal too, another sign of the pride they take in defending the nets.

Celtic defenders Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer

Celtic defenders Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Undoubtedly best in the country

Celtic’s defensive unit is one of the best we’ve seen in recent years. From Jullien, Forster and Ajer to the energetic Jeremie Frimpong, we have some supreme players on top form at the moment.

No-one in the Scottish Premiership has conceded less goals than us this season, with Lennon’s team letting in just ten in 18 matches.

While Rangers have conceded an identical amount, we’ve shown on the big occasion that our defence has definitely earned the tag of being the best in the country.

Forster’s performance in the League Cup Final was superhuman, while Jullien dominated the Rangers attack at Ibrox in September.

Bonner is clearly impressed too, not just with their ability, but with their attitude too. From a player that played for so long at Celtic Park, it says a lot.

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