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Celtic boss Neil Lennon praises Beram Kayal's workrate

Neil Lennon
Lennon's side extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches

Celtic manager Neil Lennon singled out player of the month Beram Kayal as key to his side's 3-1 win over Dundee United at Tannadice.

His side extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches and restored their five-point lead at the top of the table.

"I thought Kayal was outstanding today again, but we're just disappointed we conceded the goal," said Lennon.

"But it happens sometimes and I'm delighted with the three points. It was a big win for us."

The visitors took the lead after 16 minutes when Anthony Stokes' low drive deflected in off the heel of Garry Kenneth and then Shaun Dillon inadvertently helped in a Mark Wilson shot.

There's a real belief about them, and they got a third - and we could have been more comfortable, but I'm delighted with the performance

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

David Goodwillie swept in a reply after the hour mark, but Daniel Majstorovic headed in 15 minutes later to guarantee the three points for Lennon's side.

"We were fantastic today, the first half especially was a great performance and, not being disrespectful to Dundee United, I thought we should have scored a few more," said Lennon.

"On the counter-attack, I felt we could have picked them off better. The spell after they scored, we got a bit ragged.

"There's a real belief about them and they got a third - and we could have been more comfortable - but I'm delighted with the performance."

The match was in doubt following an early morning pitch inspection and persistent rain, but referee Mick Tumelty decided it would go ahead, despite concerns from both managers about the welfare of their players.

Lennon agreed it was right to play the fixture, especially given the level of entertainment his side were able to put on for the visiting fans.

"It was a great atmosphere, with two teams going really hard at it," said Lennon.

"The pitch held up well and I'm delighted with the strikers - they set the tone for the rest of the team."

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