Rasmussen: Fans have big part to play

20 April 2010 06:44
Morten Rasmussen claims Celtic fans played a major part in the 3-2 comeback win against Hibernian.[LNB] Rasmussen made the crucial intervention by netting a late winner but he claims the Parkhead faithful were just as important.[LNB]Celtic were heading for more disappointment in a difficult season with just 10 minutes left when Hibernian led 2-1.[LNB]But Marc-Antoine Fortune and substitute Rasmussen sealed a turnaround as the fans responded to their team's sustained pressure and the Dane felt that, despite the swathes of empty seats, they helped drive them to three points.[LNB]"I think the crowd were unbelievable in the last 20 minutes and they really helped us to get a win," he told the Celtic View.[LNB]"Every time we play we have a very good crowd behind us.[LNB]"But when they had the possibility to give us something extra they did, and it helped us very much so that was nice."[LNB]While the fans were roused as the match developed, caretaker boss Neil Lennon was animated throughout and sprinted 30 yards to celebrate Rasmussen's 87th-minute winner with the players.[LNB]The Denmark international believes such a display of bonding is symptomatic of the spirit engendered by the former Celtic skipper.[LNB]"He's been great setting the players up for training and matches," said Rasmussen, who is suspended for Sunday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Dundee United at Tannadice.[LNB]"I really like him. I think we as a team, and me personally, can learn a lot from him.[LNB]"I also think one of the things that Lenny has tried to create is a good team spirit and attitude, and that's getting better and better."[LNB]Northern Ireland winger Niall McGinn has also been boosted by the impact of Lennon after starting the last two matches following more than two-and-a-half months out of the team amid injury problems.[LNB]"I am more than happy to be back and to go straight into the team has been unbelievable," McGinn told The Huddle Online.[LNB]"A lot of thanks has to go to Neil Lennon for putting me straight in the team again.[LNB]"I enjoyed my time working with Neil at reserve level and it's been great getting to work with him in the first team as well.[LNB]"He's been behind me 100%, ever since I joined the club."

Source: Team_Talk