Celtic winger Jonny Hayes had hit back at “a lot of people” who had the “wrong opinion” in the lead up to the club’s derby victory over Rangers.

Neil Lennon’s men were viewed as outsiders for the Ibrox clash by many people, but they silenced their critics with a polished 2-0 victory.

And Hayes, who clinched the win with a late counter-attack strike, insists it was nice to prove a few people wrong.


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He told the official Celtic website: “There was a big build-up to the game, more or less from when the fixtures were announced, and a lot of people from outside have spoken about the game.

“They’ve had their opinion on it – it turns out that it was the wrong opinion in most cases – but we’ve had a lot of games before this that we’ve had to focus on.

“We could only really turn our attention to it from Friday, and it was nice to come here and put on a good performance. We were very good defensively and played a lot better than we had done in the two previous games here.”

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Hayes isn’t the only Celtic man to speak out

One thing that has been pretty evident from the post-match interviews conducted by Celtic players and staff is that they felt harshly treated in the lead up to the clash.

Neil Lennon was pretty convinced that his players had been viewed as an afterthought in the lead up to the match, while Rangers were hyped to unnatural levels.

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Celtic did their talking on the pitch and silenced a lot of people. Now it is just important that they continue to do the right things when they return after the international break. On the domestic front we have some very winnable games coming up. If we can just keep notching victory after victory then the pressure will keep ramping up on our rivals.

We look to have overcome a really sticky early period of the season. Now the fans are on board and the team are starting to settle in. It promises to be an exciting few months.

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