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Boss Lennon’s praise for unbeaten Celtic

Celtic 2 Hibernian 1: Neil Lennon watched his side win their sixth successive SPL game as they beat Hibernian at Parkhead on Saturday and admitted that he could not ask any more from his players.

The Hoops have looked particularly strong at home this season and should have won more comfortably than 2-1 against the struggling visitors.

Skipper Scott Brown, back after injury at the expense of Ki Sung-Yueng, scored his first goal for six months to give the home side a fifth-minute lead and they cruised through the half in total control.

A Glenn Loovens header after the break would help seal the victory, although former Hoops striker Derek Riordan's quick reply for the Easter Road men ensured the home fans could not relax until the final whistle.

The victory kept the Parkhead side behind Rangers at the top of the SPL only on goals scored, after the Ibrox outfit came back from two down at Aberdeen today to win 3-2.

“It's six out of six, so we are finding a bit of consistency,” Celtic boss Lennon said. “I am very pleased. I can't ask any more of them. They have been fantastic at home so far but they are not going to play brilliantly every home game.

“There are going to be games when they will have to dig out a result, although I wouldn't say we dug it out against Hibs.

"We should have won more comfortably.

“Ki and Georgios Samaras were left out but they accept it. They know they are part of the squad and they knew they would feature at some stage in the game.

“But the attitude and application from all the players has been fantastic. We can't ask any more.”

Despite former Celtic striker Riordan reducing the deficit soon after Loovens scored from Shaun Maloney's corner, a comeback never looked likely.

However, Daniel Majstorovic played down talk it is all too easy for Celtic when they take on the rest of the SPL.

“It is similar situation to when I played in Switzerland with Basle but it is not so easy,” the Celtic defender said.

“You always have to be focused and perform well because the pressure is on you.

“But we are doing very well at the moment which is very good.

“We are not perfect but we are on the way and that is important.”

Hibs left Glasgow with their poor record this season extended to just one win in nine games and manager John Hughes under increased pressure to get a win against St Johnstone next week.

The Hibs boss is hoping Lithuania hitman Valdas Trakys, who came on as a late substitute, will get match fit soon and help alleviate his striking problems.

He said: “It's always difficult and to get something at Celtic Park.

“You have to get clean sheets and losing the second goal gave us a mountain to climb. When you look at the injuries we have to big Colin Nish and Darryl Duffy, we are a bit short.

“We have to get Valdas Trakys fitter, he needs games.”

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