Lennon wants Celtic to be more ruthless ater defeat of Dundee
18:24 GMT, 22 September 2012
Neil Lennon urged his shot-shy players to turn chances into goals following their 2-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over bottom side Dundee at Parkhead.
Strikes by Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama gave the home side three welcome points but the victory would have been more comprehensive had it not been for former Hoops goalkeeper Robert Douglas and some poor finishing.
The 40-year-old Dees number one had a fine match, brilliantly saving a Scott Brown penalty in the 38th minute – only to be beaten just before the break when Hooper hammered in from 10 yards.
Roar power: Gary Hooper beats Dundee keeper Rab Douglas to score the opener
Wanyama fired in from distance after
four minutes of the second half and after that the home side were in
complete control but continued to spurn numerous opportunities, with
Hooper hitting the post.
The Celtic boss, asked about the
missed chances, replied: 'It is a concern for me. What isn't a concern
is the chances that we are creating, because we are doing that on
numerous occasions in games – but I would like to see us start putting a
few more away.
'We lacked a little quality at times
in the final third but the build-up play was pretty good and defensively
we looked pretty comfortable all afternoon.
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'It was a good performance, a clean sheet and three points which is what I wanted.
'There was a good tempo to the game.
We had to wait a wee while for the breakthrough but it was a quality
goal from Gary after really good play between him and Scott.
'We got a great second goal in the
second-half and I felt after that it was one-way traffic and the only
disappointment was we didn't get more goals.'
Lennon joked about the performance
of former Celtic team mate Douglas. He smiled: 'I will have him by the
neck later on for making my day uncomfortable.
'I thought he was excellent. It took two quality goals to beat him today.
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'I thought Gary was unlucky with the
one that hit the post, he took a great first touch but Rab made some
fine saves, especially in the second-half.'
Dundee boss Barry Smith paid tribute to Douglas, saying: 'Rab has done extremely well for us all season.
'He gets a lot of plaudits and maybe a
lot of people give him some stick but at 40 years of age, producing
performances week in, week out is difficult.
'For him to continue to do that is great for Dundee Football Club.'
Smith claimed his side might have
been denied a first-half penalty when defender Gary Irvine went to
ground after going past Emilio Izaguirre in the Hoops box.
The former Celtic defender said: 'I think that Gary Irvine was possibly tripped going into the box.
'I haven't seen it but I think it
would be strange for him to go into the box and go down as easily as he
did (had he not been touched).
'Gary said he was clipped but I can't say anything until I see it for myself.'
Smith mourned John Baird's missed
chance from 12 yards when the game was goalless. He said: “If we take
the chance then it is a different game.
'That is the chances you have to take at Celtic Park.
'They don't come that often so you have to take them.
'Obviously when Robert makes the penalty save, you think maybe something will turn again but unfortunately for us it didn't.'