Lennon buoyant after thumping win

06 November 2010 07:30
Neil Lennon was understandably delighted at seeing his Celtic side leapfrog Rangers by two points at the top of the table following the amazing 9-0 win over Aberdeen. In a remarkable first half Dons' skipper Paul Hartley and Hoops defender Thomas Rogne were sent packing by referee Alan Muir as the home side romped to a 4-0 lead with doubles from Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes, the Irishman netting two penalties. Both Celtic strikers completed their hat-tricks after the break as a strike from Joe Ledley, an own goal by Pittodrie substitute Josh Magennis and a late penalty from Parkhead substitute Paddy McCourt left the Dons also on the wrong end of the SPL's record scoreline. "It was a wonderful day and a brilliant performance," Celtic boss Lennon said. "It will have done the goal difference a power of good and the players a power of good and I was delighted for the supporters. "To score nine against any opposition is a tremendous achievement and it is very rare that that happens. We were ruthless. I couldn't fault the players, they were very professional and to keep a clean sheet again was very pleasing. It was a good day all round."

Source: PA