Lennon delighted with Celtic display

Celtic boss Neil Lennon said he couldn't 'ask any more of the players' after their emphatic 5-0 win over Nomme Kalju in the Champions League.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon said he couldn’t ‘ask any more of the players’ after their emphatic 5-0 win over Nomme Kalju in the Champions League.

A brace from Ryan Christie and further strikes from Kristoffer Ajer, Callum McGregor and Leigh Griffiths – the latter on his first competitive start since December – was enough to put the Bhoys in complete control heading into the second leg of their second qualifying round tie next week.

Lennon felt his players produced a near faultless display and, once they took the lead, it was always a question of how many they were going to score.

‘I can’t ask any more of the players,’ Lennon told reporters.

‘I thought the second half we were very good.

We took a bit of time to get going but once we got the goal we really went for it.

‘ Barring a miracle comeback, Celtic are already assured of their place in the next round and Lennon plans to utilise his squad for the return fixture in Estonia next Tuesday.

‘We got five goals, a clean sheet and that’s a nice luxury to have,’ the 48-year-old added.

‘We can perhaps have a look at the wider squad over there now.

‘I’m pleased and a lot of hard work goes into it as well.

Looking ahead, again, we have another week’s work, and we’ll be sharper and fitter.

The competition will be stiffer in the next round, but we still must travel to Estonia next week.’