Celtic smash Hibernian as run goes on
Hibernnian 0 Celtic 4: Neil Lennon watched his Celtic side extend their unbeaten Scottish Premiership run to 22 games with a 4-0 victory over Hibernian at Easter Road – then praised goalkeeper Fraser Forster for another remarkable performance.
Kris Commons opened the scoring with his 20th goal of the season in the eighth minute, but the England international kept Hibs at bay with several good saves – the best from Sam Stanton in the second half when he pushed away a goalbound drive.
However, a brilliant free kick from Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk deflated the home side before substitute Teemu Pukki, on at the interval for Nir Biton, added a third, with time for Commons to slam in number four from the spot after Hibs defender Alan Maybury had fouled Pukki.
The Hoops boss, however, was keen to point out why his side have not lost a league goal in nine games.
Lennon said: "We were worthy winners. I think the scoreline probably flattered us a bit, but you have to take your hat off to the goalkeeper.
"He made one unbelievable save. There are not many keepers who can make those kinds of saves. It looked a goal all the way and how he got his hand to it and pushed it away, I don't know.
"We got better as the second half wore on. Two goalkeepers wouldn't have saved Virgil's free-kick, the execution was world-class."
The Celtic boss does "not know anything" about reports linking him with Falkirk's 19-year-old defender Stephen Kingsley, but is confident that Forster will still be at Parkhead when the transfer window closes on Friday.
Lennon said: "It wouldn't surprise me if an offer was to come in, but we are not encouraging it. I think he is really happy here. I know he has personal aims for the future, but the short-term future is with Celtic."