NEIL LENNON hailed his Fantastic Four after Celtic’s enthralling 2-0 Europa League Group E triumph over Cluj at Parkhead last night.
The Hoops boss emphasised it was a TEAM job that had propelled the side to the top of the section and, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted for the supporters to have European football back here and a good performance from the team.
“Scott Brown was superb. He and Callum McGregor give us a great platform.
“I thought Elyounoussi was outstanding from start to finish and grew into the game more and more.
“Edouard, up front, did some things that other players can’t do.”
Skipper Brown did have another outstanding game and ignored being an obvious target for attention from some of his Romanian rivals while Callum McGregor put in another industrious and inventive 90 minutes.
The Scotland international’s through ball to Boli Bolingoli to set up Odsonne Edouard for the opening goal was sheer artistry in dreadful conditions with rain swirling around the east end of Glasgow throughout the game.
The French ace put in one of his most outstanding performances in his two-plus years at the club since his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain and Mohamed Elyounoussi deserves huge credit for making and taking the second goal – his first since agreeing a season-long loan from Southampton.
But, really, the Celtic gaffer could have gone through the entire team to dish out praise. Fraser Forster was there with a crucial save when it was required, Christopher Jullien was a rock in the middle of the defence, Bolingoli was a darting menace on the left all night and, at CQN, we are running out of superlatives for Ryan Christie.
The Highlander was awesome and at one stage we had to check there was only one Ryan Christie on the pitch.
Lennon left the supporters smiling when he added: “We can get better as we progress and as the season progresses.”
Next up is Lazio at Parkhead on October 24.