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Neil Lennon praise for Celtic skipper Scott Brown

Celtic manager Neil Lennon roars his side on against Hibernian
Lennon was impressed by Scott Brown's performance against Hibernian

Celtic manager Neil Lennon hailed the performance of captain Scott Brown after the 2-1 win over Hibernian.

"He's got his detractors but we all know what he can do," enthused Lennon.

"It was a wonderful performance, he led the team brilliantly with good energy and quality and it was a wonderful goal he scored as well.

"If we hadn't had him we might have struggled. I've said before, he has been a big player for me and it showed today, I thought he was fantastic."

Brown missed the midweek Co-operative Insurance Cup demolition of Inverness but was reinstalled against his former side.

And that decision was vindicated early in the game when he blasted home a wonderful long-range goal.

Glenn Loovens added a header after the interval but a Derek Riordan strike brought the visitors right back into the game, much to Lennon's annoyance.

"At 2-0 up we should have been coasting," he said.

"The goal we gave away was criminal from our point of view. The one player that can change a game in their team is Riordan.

"The game went flat at times and some individuals were not at their best but when you go 2-0 up you should see it out comfortably.

"When it goes to 2-1 it gets a bit edgy but we had enough chances to see the game off.

"It didn't help that we lost Charlie Mulgrew at half time to a hamstring injury.

"We had to reshuffle a bit but we brought the problems on ourselves really by not doing the basics well enough.

"But it was important that we won the game and put the onus back on Rangers and we did that."

Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic was happy enough to hand the armband back to Brown and is hoping the result puts pressure on Old Firm rivals Rangers at Pittodrie.

"Scott is our captain and he had a very good game today," the Sweden international said.

"He is a fantastic player, a very important player for Celtic and his country and he showed everybody that he can be a top player.

"I am very impressed by him.

"Of course the pressure is on Rangers. Now we are three points ahead and Rangers have to go to Aberdeen tomorrow.

"It is a difficult game for them so we will see but we have to be focused on what we are doing."

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Celtic 2-1 Hibernian
25 Sep 10 |  Scottish Premier

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