Lennon hails Hoops' character

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Neil Lennon described his Celtic side as "absolutely brilliant" after the Hoops twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Rangers in the most dramatic of Scottish Cup fifth-round ties at Ibrox.

Jamie Ness opened the scoring in the third minute but Kris Commons levelled 12 minutes later before Steven Whittaker restored Rangers' lead from the spot after Hoops keeper Fraser Forster had been sent off for bringing down Steven Naismith in the box. Hoops skipper Scott Brown equalised in the 64th minute before Naismith was sent off for two bookable offences.

"I thought we were absolutely brilliant," said Lennon. "Every one of the players. We had to overcame a few setbacks but played with no fear and played the way we wanted them to play."

He added: "They set their stall out in the second half and played wonderfully well.

"They showed a lot of character and belief, scored two goals and created lots of chances.

"We knew at half-time that Rangers would sit it in and try to counter-attack and that would be our only danger.

"At half-time I said to them that there was no point in playing well and losing and that people don't remember the losers in Old Firm games.

"We controlled the game even when they had the penalty we were the dominant side and to come here and control the game is very pleasing.

"The amount of chances we created and some of the football we played was top class."

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