For Celtic manager Neil Lennon, their late victory over Dunfermline Athletic is part of the learning process for the summer recruits.
Celtic FC and Dunfermline Athletic had to go all the way to overtime in order to decide a winner in yesterday’s Scottish League Cup.
And thanks to a 114th-minute goal by James Forrest the 1-1 scoreboard ended up being 2-1 in favor of the current league champions.
But most importantly for manager Neil Lennon, the game helped his summer recruits get better.
“They did fine after a wee bit of a shaky start but they came on to a really good game as the game went on, so that will do them a world of good,” Lennon told Four Four Two.
“It’s a test of character sometimes, not just your footballing ability.”
Lennon added: “They have seen great nights, they have seen frustrating games. It’s all part of adapting to life here in Glasgow.”
“Sometimes when you have got that amount of bodies in front of you, you have got to take shots,” Lennon said. “I want them to shoot.”
“You saw Gerrard, Lampard, and Scholes score goals from outside the box and I encourage that from my players. Sometimes it’s difficult to play intricately through teams, sometimes a 25-yarder does the job,” he commented.
“The goalie made some great saves. I don’t discourage any of my players taking shots, as long as they have the belief that hit they are going to hit the target or work the goalkeeper, because then anything can happen after that.”
“Thirty-six shots, we couldn’t have played that badly. I’m not massive on stats but the one stat I do look out for attempts on goal because if that’s roundabout over 20 then you are doing something right,” the manager concluded.
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