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Lennon pleased with Celtic spirit

Celtic 1 Inverness CT 0: Neil Lennon admits Celtic were more industrious than inspiring in Saturday's 1-0 home win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle which restored their four-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Joe Ledley scored after 16 minutes to extend the Hoops' domestic winning run to 17 games but it was not the “devastating” performance Lennon witnessed from his side in Wednesday night's 4-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle.

Celtic survived a Caley flurry of sorts after Hoops defender Daniel Majstorovic was shown a straight red card on the hour mark by referee Steven McLean for a professional foul on Jonny Hayes, who later admitted that he thought the Swede had got the ball.

The pressure came back off when Inverness defender Steve Williams was sent packing in the 77th minute for picking up the second of two yellow cards for a foul on Georgios Samaras and Lennon was able to savour his 100th game in charge of the Parkhead club, even if it was less comfortable than the trip to Gorgie.

“Things are going very well,” he said. “But here is a long way to go. I was wary of the Inverness game, off the back of Wednesday night.

“The lads hadn't much time to recover and go again but their attitude and quality at times was fantastic.

“It wasn't a vintage performance from this team but it was pretty solid against a very tough Inverness team who had a week's rest and who freshened things up a little bit.

“We toyed with the idea of freshening things up ourselves but we decided just to stick with the majority of players who played so well on Wednesday night.”

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