Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Football Scottish Celtic

Lennon thrilled with 'outstanding' Celts response

Celtic 3 Kilmarnock 1

Two good: Odsonne Edouard celebrates his second goal
Two good: Odsonne Edouard celebrates his second goal

By Ronnie Esplin

Neil Lennon hailed a "superb performance" after Celtic came from behind to beat Kilmarnock 3-1 at Parkhead.

Killie striker Eamonn Brophy fired the visitors ahead in the 33rd minute against the run of play, but French striker Odsonne Edouard headed in a leveller a minute before the break then slid in a second eight minutes after the restart.

Ryan Christie added a third soon afterwards, while Hoops goalkeeper Fraser Foster saved a late penalty from midfielder Alan Power as the home side made it six Ladbrokes Premiership wins out of six to remain three points ahead of Rangers.

"That was an absolutely superb performance," said the Hoops boss

"The scoreline flattered Kilmarnock at half-time.

"They had one real chance, if you even want to call it an attack, and a great goal from Brophy. There was a bit of luck with the deflection.

"Before that, we had peppered Kilmarnock's goal and they are a good side.

"We hit the post and worked the goalkeeper on a number of occasions. We thoroughly merited the equaliser when it came.

"We just asked for more of the same in the second half. Some of the play for 15 to 20 minutes after half-time was absolutely outstanding."

Under new rules, red and yellow cards can be issued to managers and coaches for misconduct in the technical area.

Lennon praised the system while being disappointed by the yellow card shown to him by referee Greg Aitken after his complaints following the penalty, awarded for a challenge by Celtic skipper Scott Brown on Killie substitute Osman Sow.

He said: "It's great. It's like a warning to calm down. It's fine. I've no issue with that at all.

"I was a bit disappointed, but I'm not going to criticise the referee for that.

"I was not happy with the yellow card, because I just reacted the same way any other manager would have. But overall I thought the referee was fine.

"Bobby (Madden, fourth official) is a great official. I was talking recently about not losing my temper.

"I didn't lose it that badly, but you get a warning and that's it. I was maybe a bit demonstrably (voicing my opinion) and you're not allowed to do that any more, but there's no real issue there."

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph