Former Celtic goalkeeper Rab Douglas reckons that Neil Lennon answered a lot of critics in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Rangers.
The Hoops earned their first win at Ibrox in 18 months thanks to goals from Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes, and Douglas was left impressed with what he saw.
“On the pitch it was an emphatic win for Celtic,” he said in his Dundee Courier column.
“The first touch by Edouard for the opening goal was sensational and he gave Greegsy no chance with an ice-cool finish.
“I’m obviously really pleased for Lenny. He’s taken a lot of stick early in the season and this game will have answered the critics. The same is true for a couple of the new signings. Christopher Jullien was outstanding.
“Celtic have been very busy in the transfer market since the weekend. Now the challenge for Neil is to integrate the new recruits into the team. The beauty of Sunday’s win is that it buys him time to do that.”
Douglas makes a good point about Lennon “buying time”
There was a real feeling that the derby might come too early for this new-look Celtic team. We have made drastic changes since May’s Scottish Cup final and that was emphasised by the defence that played at Ibrox.
Only Nir Bitton wasn’t a summer signing, and even he limped off during the second-half to be replaced by new recruit Moritz Bauer. Celtic have been flying in an attacking sense from pretty much day one this season but the defence has taken longer to gel together.
The fact that they were able to keep a clean sheet at the toughest away domestic venue is very encouraging. They will only improve over the coming months, and again that must be extremely pleasing for Lennon.
Sunday’s victory, and the prior Europa League success against AIK, will have got Lennon’s Celtic back on side with the supporters. Things did threaten to derail a little after the Cluj defeat but they’re looking back on track again now.
Now everyone just wants to get this international break over so we can get back to the real stuff.