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Neil Lennon pleased with Celtic 'product' on the pitch

Highlights - Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Highlights - Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes his players are now producing displays that the team's supporters can savour.

"We're putting a product on the pitch that the fans can connect with," said Lennon after his team cruised to a 3-0 defeat of Rangers in the league.

"There is a bit of pride going around the club again, which has been missing for a while.

"A lot of questions were being asked today and the players have answered them in spades."

The Old Firm went head-to-head for the fourth time this season and this was the first match that had resulted in a home win.

Celtic took a grip of the game in the 17th minute when Gary Hooper burst into the Rangers box and smashed a low shot through Allan McGregor's legs.

There is a long way to go in the season so we are not taking anything for granted

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

And the former Scunthorpe striker doubled Celtic's lead 11 minutes later when he turned in Emilio Izaguirre's cross.

Rangers, who drew with Sporting Lisbon at Ibrox on Thursday evening in the Europa League, were disappointing and looked jaded.

But Lennon's focus was on his own team's showing.

He told BBC Radio Scotland: "That was a wonderful performance today. I thought we controlled the majority of the game and our football today was fantastic.

"I am delighted for all of the players. Every one of them, from start to finish, was superb.

"Since the turn of the year they have kicked on. Every one of them, whether it's the starting 11 or the people we bring on, they are all making fantastic contributions to the team.

"We believe in these players and they are starting to believe in themselves as well."

While insisting that "the real star was the team", Lennon was particularly pleased with the contributions of striker Georgios Samaras, winger Kris Commons and captain Scott Brown.

"Samaras was unplayable again. He stretched Rangers and got them going back the way we wanted to and created room for Commons and Brown," he said.

"Hooper was magnificent.

"But we are not getting carried away. It gives us an eight-point gap and for the first time in a while it is in our hands. We've got to take a lot of positives from today's performance.

"I am very proud of the way the team is playing but there is a long way to go in the season so we are not taking anything for granted."

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Celtic 3-0 Rangers
20 Feb 11 |  Scottish Premier

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