NEIL LENNON has hit back at any suggestion his celebration was over the top after the last gasp goal at Dens Park. The Irishman ran down the touchline to the corner flag where the Celtic fans were to celebrate the very late Edouard goal.

The passion and relief from the Celtic support matched by Neil’s impromptu run.

The usual suspects who were not at all happy with the late goal were coming out of the woodwork to criticise the interim Celtic manager but that makes no difference to Lennon who summed up his emotions and the feelings at the time which made him go straight towards the Celtic support.

“It’s relief, it’s emotion,” Lennon told the Scotsman. “It’s the importance of the goal.

“It’s not easy coming into the job at this stage with the way things are and following in someone’s shoes and taking on the reins of a style of play you are not used to with different players. 
“I’ve had to address that bit by bit and what you saw at the end there was just relief at getting the win.

“It’s a totally different pressure here. You’re not going into a club that’s been struggling or the atmosphere has been bad. 
“It’s been on the up here for the last two and a half years and a great manager has walked out the door. It’s been a difficult period but it’s also been an education.

“You are not always going to roll over teams, especially teams who are fighting for their livelihoods and their position in the league like Dundee. They defended like trojans. 
“They defended like warriors and made it very difficult for us.”

Celtic extened their lead to ten points with the late winner at Dens Park and are closing in on their eighth consecutive title.

The bhoys were level on points with Steven Gerrard’s men with a game in hand before the January winter break, but heading into the end of March they have a fantastic ten point lead. Let’s not forget they’ve managed to do this with some key players missing for a long period of time.


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