Lennon: Hoops must build on late winner

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Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon urged his players to use the feeling of elation following their late winner against Hibernian to drive them on to a successful conclusion to a difficult season.

Morten Rasmussen edged home Marc-Antoine Fortune's low cross in the 87th minute as Celtic came from behind to win for the second time in five days. Hibs had been heading for their second victory at Celtic Park this season after Anthony Stokes netted a penalty early in the second half.

Lennon said: "It was fantastic. We've been lacking that drive. Under Gordon (Strachan) and Martin (O'Neill) it was routine that if we were a goal down there would be a groundswell of pressure."

He added: "We got that and they have proved they can do it. I don't want to say it's the turning point but I hope they learn from that."

Just as he had done after Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Motherwell, Lennon described the win as "another small step in the right direction", although the victory gave Celtic a 10-point lead over Dundee United to all but eradicate the Tayside club's hopes of sneaking a Champions League spot.

Lennon said: "I thought we deserved to win. We missed too many chances and that's been symptomatic of the season.

"We passed the ball well, there was good movement. We created a lot of chances. The strikers held the ball up well and I thought Scott Brown was immense for the team."

Hibs boss John Hughes felt his side failed to capitalise on their lead, which came after Derek Riordan had quickly cancelled out Robbie Keane's early opener.

"I felt we sat back on it a little bit," he said. "To be 2-1 up with 10 minutes to go at Celtic Park, there is a real disappointment we did not take something from the game.

"I felt our passing was sloppy, we didn't pass it with pace and we didn't have the belief we could go and score a third. But there were real positives, young (Paul) Hanlon was immense."

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