Neil Lennon ‘thrilled’ with win and provides injury update after Jullien ‘blackout’

Neil Lennon has his Celtic side after they continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a 1-0 win over Hamilton.

Celtic started brilliantly and James Forrest gave them an early lead following a fantastic move involving McGregor, Edouard and Elyounoussi.

Forrest took his tally to the season to seven, nipping in at the near post to put away the Norwegian’s cross after four minutes.

Celtic’s only other chance of note came when Forrest was denied early in the second hand after a rocket of a shot was touched onto the bar.

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Lennon, however, was delighted with the win.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Lennon said: “It wasn’t easy out there. A lot of wind and the pitch was very dry. We hit the bar, we had good chances, we had good build up play.

“Our final ball let us down at times but overall the players are playing brilliantly and I’m absolutely thrilled with that win.”

Lennon hailed his side on it’s 100 per cent start to the season after five games, the first time since 2010/11 that Celtic have managed this, saying it “shows how difficult it can be.”

He continued: “We’re six points clear as we speak and that’s all the players can do. They can’t do any more.

“While we all want to play free-flowing football and score lots of goals sometimes you can’t do always do that.

“I don’t think we won the game ugly by any means. I don’t think Fraser had any anxiety throughout the game. We just wanted a second to put a gloss on a very good performance under difficult circumstances.”

Lennon provided an update on centre back pair Ajer and Jullien. The Norwegian, making his comeback from injury, looked to be struggling while the French stopper suffered a clash of heads.

The manager said: “They’re fine. Jullien had a wee minute, a second or so, a blackout, but he was able to finish the game. He was outstanding again today. Defensively we were solid and that augurs well for the league.”


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