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Lennon praises world-class Samaras
Published : 29 Sep 2013 09:16:55Rss feed
Neil Lennon claimed Georgios Samaras put in a world-class performance with a hat-trick in Celtic's 5-2 Scottish Premiership win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
After Kris Commons capitalised on a mistake by Killie keeper Craig Samson to give the Hoops the lead in the 19th minute, the Greece forward scored twice within two minutes, the first with a guided volley and the second after a good one-two with Commons.
Kilmarnock midfielder Sammy Clingan, playing his first game of the season after recovering from a knee injury, reduced the deficit with a great free-kick before defender Sean Clohessy made it 3-2 just before the break.
However, Samaras sealed the win in the 87th minute with a header before substitute Amido Balde, on for Teemu Pukki, scored a fifth two minutes later.
Afterwards, the Celtic boss said: "I thought he was world-class today.
"You can talk about the standard of SPFL football or this and that but when you see a player play as well as that, no matter the standard, you can tell that he is a top-class player.
"I thought he was brilliant. Everything about his game was of the highest quality.
"I am delighted he got the goals but even if he hadn't got the goals, I thought his all-round play was magnificent."
Samaras, however, was almost unwilling to accept the praise of Lennon.
And for a player who had just scored his first hat-trick in three years, he cut a very subdued figure in the Rugby Park media room.
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