Neil Lennon enthused by Celtic's run of 15 consecutive SPL wins

Stokes and Ki both scored against Hibs at Easter Road
Stokes and Ki both scored against Hibs at Easter Road

Celtic took their run of consecutive wins in the Scottish Premier League to 15 with the 5-0 rout of Hibernian and manager Neil Lennon wants to add to it.

"It's important to keep the record going," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

"It doesn't happen very often. I think the players realise that and want to extend it as long as they can. It's another league game chalked off."

Celtic last failed to register three points in the SPL on 29 October, in a goalless home draw with Hibs.

Sunday's win at Easter Road stretched the gap between Celtic and second-place Rangers to 17 points.

With home games to follow, against Dunfermline Athletic on Wednesday and Motherwell on Saturday, they have the opportunity to make that difference 23 points before Rangers visit Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Sunday.

"I'm delighted. It was a brilliant performance," enthused Lennon after watching a brace by Gary Hooper and a goal apiece from Anthony Stokes, Charlie Mulgrew and Ki Sung Yueng demolish Pat Fenlon's league strugglers.

"There is no denying their talent. They were excellent today. We always looked a threat going forward.

"My subs who came on made a difference as well. They were brilliant."

Lennon described Stokes' performance against his former club as his best since he took charge of the team.

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Interview - Celtic manager Neil Lennon

"I've been asking him to bring more to the table and I thought he was wonderful today," said the Northern Irishman, who backed his player in the furore over the badly cut eye sustained by Matt Doherty from a blow by Stokes' elbow.

"Anthony made a genuine challenge for the ball and the referee adhered to it that way, as did the fourth official.

"I don't think there was too much in that."

Lennon took off defender Thomas Rogne "as a precaution" over a calf injury and revealed that striker Georgios Samaras, who did not feature in Leith, and Kris Commons and Ki, who did, would all be in contention for places to face Jim McIntyre's basement side.

"It's a question of balancing the squad and keeping players on their toes and happy," added the manager.

"We'll have a think over the next couple of days, but it will be hard to change it after that performance."

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