St Mirren boss Danny Lennon pleased despite Celtic loss

Celtic 1-0 St Mirren
St Mirren kept Celtic at bay for nearly 80 minutes in Glasgow

St Mirren boss Danny Lennon says recent performances is instilling belief among his team.

After fine wins over Hamilton and Aberdeen, Saints lost narrowly 1-0 away against Celtic on Saturday.

"We've got to take a great deal of belief in the manner the boys have tried to play over the last six or seven weeks," he told BBC Scotland.

"And we came to Celtic Park with the mentality that we could get something out of the game."

Having shut out the league leaders for the majority of the game, the Buddies eventually conceded Celtic's winning goal when Kris Commons shot low inside the post on 79 minutes.

Until then St Mirren had frustrated their hosts with a display of solid defending, and they also had their own chances to score, with John Potter in particular squandering a great opportunity in stoppage time.

"We came here and tried to get the ball down and play. We knew we wouldn't get a great deal of the ball," said Lennon.

"But I was delighted with the bravery and our shape throughout the 90 minutres.

"John's chance was a big key moment for us at the end of the game and it probably fell for the wrong chap.

"There was also a key moment in the first minute, when I thought Michael Higdon should have had a penalty (when he collided with Fraser Forster).

"But there were a lot of positives today.

"We go into a very difficult game next at Ibrox and we've got to take a great deal of belief there.

"More importantly, after the split we've a very good opportunity to rise up the table in the bottom six and win as many games as we can out of the last five."

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