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Neil Lennon praised Teemu Pukki who netted the only goal in Celtic's 1-0 victory over Hibernian at Parkhead in the SPFL.

Last Updated: 16/12/13 at 13:24 Post Comment

Neil Lennon: Hailed goalscorer Teemu Pukki after Parkhead defeat of Hibs

Neil Lennon: Hailed goalscorer Teemu Pukki after Parkhead defeat of Hibs

The goal arrived in the 29th minute and the Hoops' boss said: "Hopefully it will give him a boost. It was a good striker's goal, I was really pleased with that.

"He is a shy boy by nature, we just want to eke more of his personality out, on and off the field and scoring goals is a great way of doing that, although I have been pleased with his contribution at times.

"You speak to him and tell him to be himself and interact with the rest of the players but it is difficult to change people's personalities.

"The boys are a good bunch and try to integrate all the players and you can see more and more of his personality coming out.

"I think he has something to offer and the only way we can get that is by playing him and him gaining confidence from playing with the rest of the players - and it's the same with Nir Biton."

Hibs manager Terry Butcher's talked about his unusual pre-match chat, adding: "I'm not sure any other manager has mentioned Lawrence of Arabia, George Washington and David and Goliath.

"I mentioned all three. I had to wake the boys up to get them on the bus, right enough, but it was funny."

As for being manager at Easter Road, he went on: "It's about building strong foundations, like you do with a house. Once you do that you add all the glamour bits.

"But we're not going to build a two-up, two-down. We're going to build a luxurious penthouse building.

"I'm just enjoying it, it's great. I'm getting everything from the players.

"Today, Celtic were putting the ball into the corner at the end, hanging on for a 1-0 win and that says a lot for how far we've come."

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