Lennon pays tribute to Celtic’s powers of recovery

Neil Lennon admits Celtic were more industrious than inspiring in Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Inverness which restored their four-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Midfielder Joe Ledley scored after 16 minutes to extend the Hoops’ domestic winning run to 17 games but it was not the “devastating” performance Lennon witnessed from his side in Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle.

“Things are going very well,” he said. “But there is a long way to go.

“I was wary of the Inverness game, off the back of Wednesday night.

“The lads hadn’t much time to recover and go again but their attitude and quality at times was fantastic.’’

The Hoops boss, set to appeal Daniel Majstorovic’s second half dismissal, reserved special praise for Georgios Samaras who was moved to the lone striker’s role when Celtic were reduced to 10 men.

“I am delighted with him,” said the former Celtic skipper.

“I thought he was gigantic, especially when we were down to 10 men.

“He took the responsibility of leading the line, ran the ball for us when we needed him to and challenged for every header.’’

Meanwhile Lee McCulloch has urged Daniel Cousin to hit the ground running and make his second spell at Rangers just as successful as his first.

Cousin watched from the stands as the Scottish champions fought back from behind to claim a 4-1 win at Dunfermline in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday.

The striker is set to seal his return to Ibrox early next week when the necessary paperwork arrives from the Gabon Football Association and he is also expected to train with the team today.

And McCulloch believes Cousin — who quit Rangers for Hull in a reported £3m move in 2008 — will give the chasing champions a major boost.

He said: “He’s an all-rounder. When he was here the last time he had everything.

“I think the feeling in the dressing room was that he was the best all-round striker we had at that time.

“Hopefully he can settle in straight away.”

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