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Keep Celtic's dominant run going: Neil Lennon


Kris Commons hit a brace for Celtic

Kris Commons hit a brace for Celtic


Kris Commons hit a brace for Celtic

Celtic 3 Motherwell 0: Celtic manager Neil Lennon is demanding no let-up from his side after seeing them extend their unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership to 21 games with a 3-0 home win over Motherwell on Saturday.

The Hoops continued their relentless charge at the top of the standings after attacking midfielder Kris Commons took his goals tally to 19 for the season with a double – the second from the spot – before former Celtic captain Stephen McManus scored an own goal.

Parkhead striker Anthony Stokes was shown a straight red card by referee Bobby Madden late in the game for a challenge on Well skipper Keith Lasley but that was a mere footnote as the champions emerged from another league fixture unscathed.

The Hoops have not conceded a goal in nine domestic games and are now 13 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen with two games in hand over the Pittodrie men.

However, Lennon, who dismissed being linked with a move to Norwich City as "speculation" and no more, is happiest with the league form which has so far produced 18 wins and three draws.

"The most pleasing stat is that we're unbeaten in 21 games," he said. "That shows great consistency. I must say, though, that my goalkeeper (Fraser Forster) made a brilliant save at 2-0.

"His concentration levels are brilliant along with his distribution. He's the main reason we've kept the clean sheet record going but to be 21 games unbeaten is something the players can be proud of.

"I don't want them to stop there, though, I want them to keep going."

Lennon acknowledged the part played in Celtic's fine run by Commons, who is in the form of his life.

"He's just really instrumental in the way we want to play. He'll be a contender for player of the year."

Belfast Telegraph