Lennon hails seven Celtic players; says one "looked a different player"

By David Walton

February 11, 2021

Neil Lennon has highlighted as many as seven different Celtic players for their individual performances last night.

The Hoops eventually managed to run away from St Mirren in what was, in the end, a convincing 4-0 success. Even though three of the goals came in the last 11 minutes, there was always an element of control to the game.

This came from a dominant midfield display. The likes of Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, and David Turnbull ensured that we never had any real worrying moments throughout. In addition to that, the flair of the likes of Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie made a difference in the end.

Lennon has highlighted all five of those men for individual praise post-match as well as two others, as he claimed that one in particular looked a different player last night.

Speaking to Celtic TV, the manager said: “We scored an outstanding goal (in the first half) from an outstanding player on the night in Tom Rogic. We had a few words with them at half-time and then second-half we were magnificent.

“We had good control of the second half. Brown was superb second-half, and that got everyone else going. I thought going forward we looked very, very good. And then Christie comes on and he looks a different player – revitalised. Scored a beautiful goal and played very well.

“Turnbull got his goal. Got a great reaction from him at half-time. McGregor – the midfield was very strong. And then Odsonne and Ajeti worked very well together at times. So very good performance on a difficult night against difficult opposition.”

Lennon not holding back on the praise; many Celtic players produced

Lennon has never been one to try and contain himself from giving his players praise. Especially after a win and a convincing one at that. For me, he’s right to an extent.

Rogic was superb in the second-half whilst Brown had a solid game and helped keep control of the midfield. Turnbull was another to really up his tempo in the second 45, and on another night he could’ve had a couple of goals.

But the strike pairing was a slight concern. I think everyone is expecting more from the duo of Edouard and Ajeti. You can’t truly argue with Edouard’s form – he has eight goals in his last nine league matches [Transfermarkt]. That’s impressive stuff.

Odsonne Edouard strokes home the penalty at St Mirren (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Even so, his decision-making was largely poor last night once again. His goal came from a clinical spot-kick. However, too often when he got into good areas was he determined to beat all of his men. There were a couple of occasions in the second half when the pass was on to Ajeti in particular, but he failed to pick his strike partner out.

As for Albian, he’s another who needs to get back amongst the goals again. Positionally he looks the part. He makes some intelligent runs and helps drag opposition defenders about. But he isn’t managing to link-up well with Edouard and feels isolated for large spells of matches.

By and large, there were more positives to take out of last night than negatives. But there remains plenty to work on before this Celtic side are truly firing on all cylinders.

In other news, Celtic fans were finally able to enjoy a Sky Sports broadcast last night thanks to one main reason.