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Neil Lennon salutes wing wizards as Celtic win again

Hamilton Academical 0 Celtic 1

Perfect start: Neil Lennon’s side have won five out of five
Perfect start: Neil Lennon’s side have won five out of five

By Gavin McCafferty

Celtic manager Neil Lennon enthused about his wingers after they combined to earn a 1-0 victory at Hamilton.

Debutant Mohamed Elyounoussi sent in a low cross which James Forrest converted inside four minutes.

The Norway international made an impressive start to his loan spell from Southampton while Forrest came close to an eighth goal in nine Celtic matches just after the break when his strike was touched on to the underside of the bar.

Lennon was delighted to see Forrest continue his flying start to the season.

"Not only the goal, I just thought he was our biggest threat all day," Lennon said.

"His pace and the effort that hit the bar, his running power, he pulled one back for Odsonne (Edouard) who was unlucky he miscontrolled it.

"He was creating chances, he was a threat all day, and he scored another brilliant goal. That's seven by mid-September, which is a great return. Brilliant player.

"His run for the goal, he gets out from wide right inside the box and it's a great finish.

"It was a great ball in from Mo, who had a very good debut. He had a really good hour.

"He hasn't played a lot of football recently but he looked fit and fresh, and he looked the good player we thought he was going to be. And obviously as we go along, we are hoping he is going to improve."

Hamilton head coach Brian Rice was, meanwhile, delighted with substitute Marios Ogkmpoe and compared the teenager to a young Ryan Christie, whom he coached at Inverness.

"I have known about him for about two or three years but actually coming in to work with him in the last seven, eight months I think he has kicked on and grown in his self," Rice said.

"Right now Lewis is where Ryan was when he was at Inverness. He is enjoying it and I enjoy watching him. I thought he did very, very well."

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