Lennon pleased with three points and clean sheet

Neil Lennon was pleased to see his Celtic side keep a clean sheet in the 3-0 away league win against St Johnstone.
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Neil Lennon was pleased to see his Celtic side keep a clean sheet in the 3-0 away league win against St Johnstone.

Niall McGinn double helped take Celtic level on points with Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers.

McGinn had the visitors ahead with just over a minute gone and four minutes from the end of a one-side half Emilio Izaguirre grabbed the second.

Saints defender Danny Grainger, booked for dissent following the opening goal, was given a second yellow by referee Murray for a foul on Anthony Stokes before McGinn scored his second late-on.

"We've conceded five in the previous two games, so it was something we needed to concentrate on," said Lennon.

"The back four gave us a platform to go and win the game.

"All of them were superb, particularly Thomas Rogne, considering he's been out for a long time. He did well and the full-backs were excellent too."

Glenn Loovens and Cha Du-Ri were dropped from Celtic's starting line-up, with Thomas Rogne and Mark Wilson stepping in, although Cha did start after Shaun Maloney was a late withdrawal.

"I'm not trying to send a message to anyone," said Lennon. "He (Loovens) probably hasn't done himself justice of late, and he's got competition.

"So we decided to change things round a bit, and Thomas came in and took his chance.

"We were delighted to get off to a good start - it gave us a platform to go and play in the second half, and if we had been a bit more clinical in front of goal, we could have won it a bit more comfortably."

 
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