Neil Lennon not targeting Martin O'Neill 25-win mark

Inverness manager Terry Butcher and Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon
Inverness manager Terry Butcher and Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon enjoyed his team's 14th consecutive league victory, but insists predecessor Martin O'Neill's record of 25 straight wins remains a long way off.

"That might stand a long, long time, that record," he said after the 1-0 victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

"At any level of football that is some record.

"But these guys now, what they've done is fantastic for such a young team."

Celtic were controversially reduced to 10 men after an hour when Daniel Majstorovic was sent off for a challenge on Jonny Hayes.

Lennon was satisfied with the performance until that point, but unsure over the decision from referee Steven McLean, who later dismissed Inverness defender Steve Williams.

"I thought that until the sending-off we were pretty good, particularly going forward," he said, after his 100th match in charge.

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Interview - Celtic manager Neil Lennon

"I thought that Inverness made a good contribution to the game and worked very hard, but my goalkeeper hasn't had a save to make.

"The sending-off changed the game, it gave Inverness a chance to get on the front foot, but I thought we were tremendous.

"It's one of the best wins on this run and I thought there were huge performances today from Charlie Mulgrew, Joe Ledley, Scott Brown, Georgios Samaras, James Forrest and Victor Wanyama so I'm absolutely thrilled with that and thrilled with the win.

"The only thing that annoyed me was that when they go down to 10 men they should still believe they can be positive in the game, because we've got so much talent and running power in the team.

"I was just worried that they might have got a little bit negative, but credit to them, they've kept going and we've had a great result. It was a really tough game.

"Daniel claims it was a good tackle. To me, it looks OK on the angle from the TV replays.

"How the linesman can give that decision is beyond me. I know Terry Butcher's critical of the referee today - and I'm not altogether happy with his performance either - but I don't think he got much help from either of his linesmen."

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