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Lennon delighted with Celtic response in five-goal St Johnstone win

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was over the moon after his side returned to form with a 5-0 victory over St Johnstone in the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-finals last night.

The Bhoys went into the fixture on the back of defeats to Barcelona in the Champions League and Kilmarnock in the Premier League and Lennon had demanded an improved effort from his players which was they produced as evident in the scoreline.

"I got everything I wanted," said Lennon. "It was a fantastic response.

"It was a difficult couple of days for myself, scratching my head as to where that performance (against Killie) came from but we were back to our best and some of the football and the pace they played at was of a very high order.

"It was a big game, St Johnstone were going very well so to win the game so emphatically was testament to the quality of the players and their attitude.

"We moved the ball around quickly, we were aggressive in our pressing and tackling and that is the sort of team I want to see week-in, week-out.

"I enjoyed watching the team tonight and I hope that is a marker for, I hope, a concerted period of good performances, that is what I am demanding from the team."

Celtic were served by Kris Commons' hat-trick as well as goals from Gary Hooper and Charlie Mulgrew as they move into the final four of the competition.

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Andrew Slevison
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