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Lennon: Celtic hard done by in St Johnstone draw

Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes his side were unlucky not to have beaten St Johnstone on Tuesday night.

The Hoops extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League table to 19 points, as second-placed Motherwell lost to Dundee United, but Lennon feels they were hard done by in the 1-1 draw as Nigel Hasselbaink cancelled out Efe Ambrose's first-half opener.

"It's a travesty we haven't won the game - the first half alone could have won us two games," said Lennon.

"We created chance after chance. The football, the pace and movement was a joy to watch.

"The first 45 minutes is the best we have played in my time here - and on a gluepot of a pitch, too.

"We cut them open at will and if it wasn't for their keeper Alan Mannus it could have been 6-0 at half-time. He had one of those nights and I need to tip my hat to him.

"We looked a quality side and I'm scratching my head at how we failed to win. We should have been out of sight.

"But Motherwell lost and we have gained a point in the championship, so it's not been a bad night overall.

"Our attitude was good and the football was excellent. We are still on a really good run and the consistency is excellent."

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