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Pukki attracts applause from Celtic boss Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has heaped praise on Teemu Pukki for his performance in the weekend's win over Hibernian.

The 23-year old Finnish striker scored the only goal in the Hoops' 1-0 win at Celtic Park and it prompted plenty of positive words from his boss.

"Hopefully it will give him a boost. It was a good striker's goal, I was really pleased with that," said Lennon of Pukki who netted his third league goal since arriving from Schalke in the summer.

"He is a shy boy by nature, we just want to eke more of his personality out, on and off the field and scoring goals is a great way of doing that, although I have been pleased with his contribution at times.

"You speak to him and tell him to be himself and interact with the rest of the players but it is difficult to change people's personalities.

"The boys are a good bunch and try to integrate all the players and you can see more and more of his personality coming out.

"I think he has something to offer and the only way we can get that is by playing him and him gaining confidence from playing with the rest of the players."

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Andrew Slevison
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