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Lennon praises 'character' of Hoops

Neil Lennon praised his Celtic players for bouncing back from their Barcelona beating to help him become the Scottish Professional Football League manager of the month for December.

The Parkhead side went into their Champions League dead rubber at the Nou Camp on the back of a thrilling 7-0 Scottish Cup victory over Hearts and an emphatic 5-0 Scottish Premiership win at Motherwell.

However, the Hoops were hammered 6-1 in Catalonia to end their doomed European campaign on a sobering note but they quickly shrugged off the trauma to win the four remaining league games in the month without losing a goal to keep them on course to retain their title.

Ahead of the home league game against Motherwell today, where Celtic will look to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 21 games, the Lurgan man was asked about the most pleasing aspect of his award.

"Probably the reaction from the Barcelona game where we obviously came off the back of a heavy defeat," he said. "The character the team showed more or less straight away was great.

"We kept our clean sheet record intact and we were winning games."