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Lennon hails 'miracle' win
Published : 04 Nov 2011 08:16:54
Celtic manager Neil Lennon claimed it was a "miracle" his injury-ravaged side battled to a 3-1 Europa League Group I win over Rennes at Parkhead.
Before the game Celtic announced that right-back Mark Wilson would be out for up to three months following knee surgery, while Charlie Mulgrew, Joe Ledley and Ki Sung-yueng were also ruled out and Thomas Rogne was not registered.
A delighted Lennon said: "It was a wonderful team performance, a miracle really."
To add to Lennon's worries, stand-in skipper Glenn Loovens picked up a hamstring strain and had to be replaced by Under-19 defender Marcus Fraser.
However, after Rennes skipper Kader Mangane had give the visitors a second-minute lead, Anthony Stokes struck with a first-half double and a late strike from substitute Gary Hooper sealed the win which takes Celtic to within two points of the top of the group with two games remaining.
Lennon added: "With the absentees we had and losing Glenn at half-time was a blow, but young Marcus Fraser came on and did brilliantly.
"Some players really did their bit for the team, (Georgios) Samaras, (Anthony) Stokes, (Beram) Kayal and (Victor) Wanyama were amazing and young Adam Matthews at left-back had a stormer.
"(Daniel) Majstorovic was a brick wall in the second half, he was on the end of everything that came into the box and our keeper (Fraser) Forster made some good saves when he needed to. As a team they showed real belief in themselves and I am very, very proud of them."