Lennon upbeat as Bhoys go top

Neil Lennon believes Celtic have hit the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League in perfect time for their Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow tomorrow night.

The Hoops swept Motherwell away at Fir Park Saturday to replace the Steelmen at the summit, thanks to a strike from in-form Gary Hooper and an own-goal by the unfortunate Well defender Adam Cummins, who compounded a miserable day when he was sent off after the break for a professional foul on Kris Commons.

Celtic could afford to have skipper Scott Brown’s penalty saved by Darren Randolph and they were handed an added boost when Georgios Samaras returned for the first time since injuring his elbow on international duty early in September as a second-half substitute.

Lennon said: “We have gone top of the league so going into the game on Tuesday, that is a good marker for us psychologically. We are starting to hit a bit of form which is great. The new lads are starting to settle in, we have players back and we will need them. We were very motivated going into the game and we picked Motherwell off very well at times.

“Overall it was a big performance. It was great to see Samaras back, and I thought Emilio Izaguirre was brilliant, he set a really good tempo. But we know Tuesday is a different animal.

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