NEIL LENNON hailed his Celtic players following the 2-0 win over Motherwell that kept the champions at the top of the Premiership – and maintained the feelgood factor at Parkhead going into the international break.

A polished first-half strike from Odsonne Edouard, his 13th goal of the campaign, and an own from Richard Tait were enough to keep the side on track in their bid for nine in a row.

It was the Hoops’ seventh successive victory – including two back-to-back Europa League Group E triumphs over Serie A cracks Lazio – as the team have responded to the disappointment of the loss to Livingston at the start of last month.

A beaming Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I’m delighted, it’s a great performance, another clean sheet and a good win.

“We could have won the game by more and I don’t remember Motherwell having a shot on target. That speaks volumes for the way the team are playing.

“They arrived back in Glasgow at four o’clock on Friday morning and they’ve gone out and played ever so well again.

“So, I’m absolutely thrilled and really proud of them, not just the ones who played on this occasion, but the whole squad throughout this round of games. They have been absolutely sensational.

“It’s been a great week and a great few weeks for us. I can’t ask for any more.

“Some of the football they are playing, the fluidity of the team and the confidence has been fantastic.

“Now we take stock and I think some of them need the break because it’s been a really heavy load of games.”

Celtic now have a break until a week on Saturday when Gary Holt brings his Livi side to the east end of Glasgow to offer Lennon and Co the opportunity of exacting revenge after their solitary domestic defeat in West Lothian only three days after their excellent 2-0 Europa League victory over Cluj at Parkhead.



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