Stokes on the scoresheet as Lennon hails convincing win

St Mirren 0 Celtic 1

Stokes on the scoresheet as Lennon hails convincing win

St Mirren 0 Celtic 1

Celtic boss Neil Lennon was ecstatic with his side’s 4-0 thumping of St Mirren but admitted he is still seeking reinforcements in the January transfer window.

The Hoops ran riot in the second half after drawing a blank in the opening 45 minutes, with Charlie Mulgrew breaking the deadlock shortly after the resumption.

Anthony Stokes added a second before Kris Commons took his tally for the season to 17 goals with a brace as Celtic extended their unbeaten Scottish Premiership run to 20 games.

“It was an exceptional performance from start to finish. I thought we played very well in the first half,” Lennon told Sky Sports 1.

“We felt at half-time if we got the first goal, we’d go on and dominate the game and that’s the way the game panned out.

“(Adam) Matthews and (James) Forrest look back to their best, Stokes played very well and Commons got his two goals. It was pleasing to rack up the goals at one end and keep another clean sheet, it’s just fantastic consistency for the team.”

The Glasgow giants will head to Turkey for a mini-break before their next fixture on January 18 against Motherwell, their closest challengers, albeit a distant 14 points adrift.

“It’ll be important, a change of climate is always good at this time of the season,” said Lennon.

“We’ve had a real heavy schedule from the middle of July up to now, so that speaks volumes for our consistency and the way the team has played.

“The time off will refresh and recharge them again.”

The Northern Irishman added: “We do feel as if the squad needs strengthening and that’s what we’ll endeavour to do for however long it takes until the window shuts.”

Commons was delighted with the result at Paisley but is not resting on his laurels.

“It was good, it was a tough first half, conditions weren’t great, playing against the wind but I think our dominance paid off in the second half and we had the extra bit of quality in front of goal,” he said.

“It was a great performance today and I just want to get to kick on and get on to 20 league goals (this season).”

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