Celtic boss Neil Lennon was full of praise for his side following their 5-0 demolition of Hibernian yesterday.

The Hoops went 17 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League table courtesy of the brilliant result at Easter Road and the performance was not lost on Lennon who also reserved special admiration for striker Anthony Stokes who put in his best showing for the club.

"I'm lost for words with this team at the moment," Lennon said. "They're doing everything right. Their application is superb, their talent, their approach to the game is magnificent.

"Hibs started the game pretty well but once we got a foot in the game it was as good as we've played.

"With everything else that's going on it could have been a major distraction, but we've shown today we've still got the bit right between our teeth.

"I have to say, that was the best I've seen him [Stokes] play in my managerial time here.

"I could not be more pleased with him.

"I was talking midweek about contracts and if things go the way we want them to he'll be the first in the queue."

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