Proud Neil Lennon urges Hibs to ‘build’ on draw with old team Celtic ahead of clashes with Aberdeen & Hearts

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A ‘PROUD’ Neil Lennon has urged Hibs to build on their confidence-boosting draw against Celtic at the weekend.

The Easter Road outfit came within 10 minutes of becoming the first team to defeat the Hoops domestically since St Johnstone nearly 17 months ago.

A stunning double from John McGinn had the capital outfit dreaming of a momentous three points until Callum McGregor’s 80th-minute equaliser.

It was a return to Parkhead that left Lennon purring with delight over his team’s display and Hibs themselves have only been beaten three times in the whole of 2017.

They now face the significant challenges of Aberdeen and Hearts in their next two Premiership games, with the Betfred Cup semi-final against Celtic sandwiched in between, and Lennon is hopeful they can go from strength to strength.

He said: “I’m really proud of the players, we were absolutely superb.

“In the second-half, we were outstanding and we took the game to Celtic at every opportunity and scored two great goals.

“But for Craig Gordon, we could have had another one. It was an outstanding save [from Steven Whittaker].

“It’s not easy going into that environment, with a full house, so the players have covered themselves in glory.

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“We could have come away with a famous win, but Celtic never give up.

“That’s a brilliant team performance from us, and we must build on that now.”

On a day that saw Lennon afforded a warm welcome back to Celtic, where he won 16 trophies as a player and manager, it was McGinn who grabbed the headlines with two magnificent goals and his overall performance.

Lennon added on Hibs TV: “John McGinn was unbelievable in the second-half. Everything about his game was top drawer.

“We’ve been waiting on him hitting those shots; he’s got that in his armoury. And he’s hit two pearlers.

“But it’s not only his goals, his all-round game was fantastic.

“I said a couple of weeks ago he was worth £5 million. I think he’s worth a lot more now.”

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