Celtic manager Neil Lennon pleased with clean sheet after victory over St Johnstone

Gaffer also hails Niall McGinn's brace
Celtic manager Neil Lennon is happy that his charges did not concede a goal during the 3-0 victory over St Johnstone.

The Bhoys played the same opposition less than a week ago in the League Cup, and shipped two on that occasion. In fact, the Glaswegian club had conceded a goal or more in six consecutive games before the clean sheet at McDiarmid Park.

"We've conceded five in the previous two games, so it was something we needed to concentrate on," Lennon said, according to BBC Sport.

"The back four gave us a platform to go and win the game.

"All of them were superb, particularly Thomas Rogne, considering he's been out for a long time. He did well and the full-backs were excellent too."

The gaffer swiftly moved to quell any speculation concerning whether Rogne would take Glenn Loovens' place in the line-up on a regular basis.

"I'm not trying to send a message to anyone," said Lennon. "He [Loovens] probably hasn't done himself justice of late, and he's got competition.

"So we decided to change things round a bit, and Thomas [Rogne] came in and took his chance.

"We were delighted to get off to a good start - it gave us a platform to go and play in the second half, and if we had been a bit more clinical in front of goal, we could have won it a bit more comfortably."

Lennon also reserved high praise for Niall McGinn, who scored twice in what was only his second start this term.

"We know we've got a good player there - he's come into the game late and he's been out for six months, but his development over the last year has been good," he said.

"We had a look at him in training over the last few weeks and he's starting to show the form he's capable of.

"I thought he and Cha did a great job today."


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