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Lennon hails his new Bhoys as Celtic thump Utrecht

Celtic boss Neil Lennon was thrilled with Beram Kayal's performance in their Europa League victory over FC Utrecht.

The Israeli midfield debutant shone in Celtic's Euro win over the Dutch.

The £1.2million buy set up the opener and Lenny said: "Beram is a good player and he has a bit of everything. He started the game making tackle after tackle, but he also showed he can pass the ball well.

"Do I see bits of myself in him? Yes I do, even if he gets forward more than I did!

"When I was younger, in a bygone era, I had an ability to burst away from people. He can do that, he can get the ball back really well and he can close people down. He is unselfish off the ball and he was pleasing on the eye.

"It's early days, but I was delighted with his debut, He looks an all-round good player. It was always in my mind to play him. He's been training with us for a week and he's impressed us.

"I like his mentality and hunger. He also has a lot of humility."

Ex-Maccabi Haifa ace Kayal created the first for Efrain Juarez and Georgios Samaras hit the second.

But Lennon insists Celts will take nothing for granted in next week's second leg in Holland.

He grinned: "Have you seen our away record in Europe? We're NEVER comfortable. But if you'd asked me if I'd take 2-0 before the game I'd have said yes. The clean sheet was important and it was nice to score a couple of goals.

"I was pleased, but there is more work to be done because we rode our luck at times. The debut boys were fantastic and we showed great energy, pace and power. It was a very composed debut by Daniel Majstorovic. He's an experienced player that we've lacked.

"He has a good presence, he's comfortable on the ball and he showed that he can defend his corner."

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