SPL - Lennon: Best is yet to come

Thu, 23 Sep 10:24:00 2010

Celtic boss Neil Lennon claims his side "sent out a message" to the rest of Scottish football with the 6-0 thrashing of Inverness in their Co-operative Insurance Cup third-round tie at Parkhead.

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The Irishman made six changes to the side which beat Kilmarnock in the Bank Premier League on Sunday and they put Caley to the sword in spectacular fashion.

Greece striker Georgios Samaras showed why Lennon is looking to offer him a new contract with a hat-trick. Anthony Stokes scored a double - one from the spot - and Gary Hooper scored his first competitive goal for Celtic since signing from Scunthorpe in the summer.

"I've felt this was coming," Lennon said. "We have been creating chances in games and not putting them away. Any time you score six goals against any opposition it is very pleasing.

"I just want to send out a message. We have goalscorers in the team, goalscorers from midfield and I was pretty happy with the clean sheet. We looked a good team out there. The confidence is good, the level of performance has been good but we put our chances away. We are not getting carried away but the competition is healthy.

"The movement of the front three was very good and they will be a handful for any team. I was pleased with Hooper, it was a chance to get him 90 minutes. There wasn't a poor performance out there, the application was good and the quality of the performance very high."

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