Celtic boss Neil Lennon urged his side to be more clinical after his 12th SPL victory in a row, a 3-0 home win over Hearts, took the Hoops back to the top of the table. Despite the furore surrounding the opening goal, the home side could have scored another four or five.
"It was a pleasing win and another clean sheet which was very pleasing.
"There are some aspects we weren't pleased about but going forward we looked very good.
"I just wish we were more clinical at times, we missed some decent chances and goals change games.
"At 2-0 you are not relaxed until the third goes in and we got that with a brilliant piece of individual play by Paddy."
Lennon was especially pleased with Maloney and joked that he would be "delighted" if Scotland manager Craig Levein, who left the midfielder out of his recent squad for the Euro 2012 qualifying double-header against Lithuania and Liechtenstein, did not recall him for the games against Czech Republic and Spain next month.
He said: "I can understand why Craig didn't pick him because he hadn't played a lot of football recently.
"But it was probably a blessing for us because he has had two weeks to keep himself fresh.
"We have to be careful with him because of his recent injury record but I think he is more or less back to his best form in two or three years.
"I would be delighted if he wasn't in the next squad - but surprised."