Lennon hails ‘outstanding’ Celtic

Celtic boss Neil Lennon sees Hoops crash out of Champions League.

Neil Lennon described Celtic's performance during Sunday's 3-1 victory over Hearts in the Scottish Premiership as "outstanding".

The Bhoys claimed a 3-1 victory at Parkhead thanks to a brace from Vakoun Issouf Bayo and a further strike from Callum McGregor as they preserved their perfect start to the new Scottish Premiership season.

Celtic’s victory was all the more impressive as it came off the back of their exertions against AIK in the first leg of their Europa League play-off round tie on Thursday night and Lennon was clearly impressed by his players’ resolve.

“It was outstanding,” Lennon told the Celtic website. “Under the circumstances it’s as big a performance we’ve had. We scored three fantastic goals and then were disappointed to lose the goal through a penalty.”

Lennon also singled out forward Bayo, who scored his first goals for the club during the match, and goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who was making his first start since returning to the club on loan from Southampton, for particular praise.

“Bayo can be absolutely delighted with his performance today. He’s been injured and had a bad hamstrung rupture. He had a decent pre-season and then got injured again. He’s had to be patient, but he had a chance to show what he’s got today and he excelled,” Lennon added.

“Fraser did well when he came out. He saved a penalty, and we were maybe a bit slow with the clearance. Fraser isn’t registered for Thursday night, but I wanted to give him some game-time as well.”