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Neil Lennon Praises ‘Magnificent’ Second-Half AIK Display & Hails Forster Return

Neil Lennon Praises ‘Magnificent’ Second-Half AIK Display & Hails Forster Return

Neil Lennon has hailed Celtic‘s ‘magnificent’ second-half display against AIK Stockholm, whilst admitting he’s delighted with Fraser Forster’s return to the club.

The Hoops managed to seal an important 2-0 first-leg victory over the Swedes in Glasgow tonight, with James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard coming up with a goal apiece in the second-half.

And, following last week’s farcical Champions League exit at the hands of Romanian minnows CFR Cluj, it’s fair to say Lennon was a much happier camper following this evening’s showing.

Following the full-time whistle, Lennon said to the media, via Football Scotland: “Very happy, it was a great performance from everyone.

“Happy with the clean sheet, we’ve got goals in us and the only observation is that we didn’t score more, we had some brilliant combination play in the first half, some of the football was excellent.

“We upped the tempo second half, had really good control of the game and scored two great goals.

“You have to be patient, they defended well at times with some last-ditch stuff and the goalkeeper had a great save from Mikey [Johnston] early on.

“We said at half-time: ‘just a little bit more, the 10-15 minutes after half-time are going to be important’.

“Then of course we get the breakthrough and then we had real good control of the game after that.

“Off the back of what’s been a difficult week the players have come up trumps again.

“I’m delighted with him [Mikey Johnston].

“He’s the sort of player who’s got beautiful balance, got a great turn of pace over four or five yards and can go either way.

“He’s the sort of player we like here at Celtic, he’s becoming a very integral part of our attack.

“Then Jamesy [Forrest] just keeps pulling out the performances, that’s five goals in five games now.

“He’s one of these sort of players that goes under the radar a little bit but he’s so essential to what we do here and he scored another important goal tonight.

“It’s been a big month for the players and there was a bit of fatigue there towards the end but overall I’m delighted, and I’m delighted with the supporters.

“They were magnificent tonight, the atmosphere was fantastic.”

At half-time, Celtic unveiled Fraser Forster as their latest summer signing, and on the capture of the England international goalkeeper, Lennon added: “He gave me a hug in the doctor’s room, I think I came up to about his navel – he looks like he’s got bigger!

“We’re delighted, it’s a crucial part of the squad. Bain is out so we had to get another one in.

“We’ve got two outstandingly fit goalkeepers so it’s an important department and I’m glad we’ve strengthened it.”

Celtic will now host Hearts in the Premiership on Sunday, before next week’s second-leg against AIK, but what do you think of Lennon’s comments?

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