Danny Lennon praises St Mirren players despite Celtic defeat

Danny Lennon
Lennon says he takes responsibility for St Mirren's defeat.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon believes his side's loss to Celtic was a consequence of his side's determination to play attractive football.

Two goals from Gary Hooper in the opening 12 minutes gave Celtic victory, but Lennon was happy with his side's overall performance.

"It's easy to fold against the Old Firm," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

"We came out and played some very good football and created some opportunities."

Former Celtic defender Paul McGowan's error resulted in Hooper's second, but Lennon believes his team are learning from their mistakes.

"It was a wee bit of self-destruct. We are capable of doing that," he added.

"As long as my players learn from that and they keep believing in our philosophy and our way of playing that is okay.

"I was delighted with Paul McGowan. Everyone can see the error he's made, but his bravery and determination to make something happen after that was terrific.

"We didn't get any end product but I will take responsibility for that because that's the way I want my side to play."

The Buddies were applauded off the pitch by the home fans at St Mirren Park, leading Lennon to believe he has their support in changing the way the side play.

"The fans are enjoying the brand of football we're playing; and they'll have enjoyed the match today.

"That means a great deal to me and my staff, that they understand what we're trying to do here."

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