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Neil Lennon happy at Freddie Ljungberg's Celtic debut

Freddie Ljungberg and Celtic manager Neil Lennon
Lennon hopes the Swede Ljungberg can build on the hour he played at Berwick

Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Freddie Ljungberg agreed that the Swede's hour-long appearance at Berwick was a step towards reaching full match fitness.

The midfielder made his debut for Celtic in their 2-0 Scottish Cup fourth-round win at Shielfield Park.

Lennon said of the former Arsenal and West Ham star: "He is a wee bit rusty. He has not played any competitive football for a couple of months.

"We felt it was a good opportunity today to blood him."

And the Northern Irishman added: "He will benefit from that and the more he trains and plays, the stronger he will get."

Ljungberg pleased with Celtic debut

Having been sick in the night before Celtic's New Year derby win over Rangers, Ljungberg was pleased to make his first start for his new club.

"It was a hard field to play on, more of a fighting game. I just want to keep on playing," he told BBC Scotland.

"We are very happy that we have won the game.

"It was important to get the first goal. The people fixed the pitch and everybody in this community has done well and I hope they had a good occasion."

He's got great energy and drive and I'm delighted he has scored because he has got goals in his locker as well

Celtic manager Neil Lennon praises captain Scott Brown

And Ljungberg, 33, said he has been impressed by his new colleagues since joining them at the end of December until May.

"They have been great," he said. "They show great spirit in how they train.

"We won the derby, which was important for the rest of the season, and we can push on and do great things."

Lennon, who said he had a few "options in the pipeline" regarding new players, was keeping the win in perspective but was nonetheless relieved to be through to Tuesday's fifth-round draw.

Celtic were professional - Lennon

He said: "We were professional today. It was a difficult ground, difficult conditions, not conducive to playing great football, so we had to change the way we played a little but overall I am very satisfied.

"They were well organised and they made the midfield quite compact so we felt the areas where we might get joy were wide. When Browny (Scott Brown) came on he gave us that extra spark.

"Scott's a very important player for us. He's got great energy and drive and I'm delighted he has scored because he has got goals in his locker as well.

"It's another clean sheet and all you can do is get in to the next round and we have done that today."

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Berwick Rangers 0-2 Celtic
09 Jan 11 |  Scottish Cups

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