Lennon hails battler Brown
Celtic caretaker boss Neil Lennon has paid tribute to midfielder Scott Brown after the 1-0 win over Hibs.
Last Updated: 05/04/10 4:10pm
Celtic caretaker boss Neil Lennon has paid tribute to the battling qualities of Scott Brown after the Hoops' 1-0 win against Hibernian on Sunday.
Lennon made it two wins out of two at the Celtic helm as a second-half penalty from Robbie Keane secured the three points at Easter Road.
But despite the on-loan Spurs striker scoring his third goal in two games, it was skipper Brown who the 38-year-old reserved his highest praise for.
In a scrappy, hard-fought contest, Lennon believes that the contribution of the tough-tackling midfielder was vital.
"Brown took another big step," the former Leicester and Celtic player said.
"He drove the game for me, he won the ball back when he needed to, battled well, and did all the dirty bits and pieces that some people don't see.
"But I do - I did it for 20 years.
"The kid's got a Rolls Royce of an engine, he can get in the box and get the ball back for me.
"It's now about keeping him ticking over."
Lennon remains a favourite with the Parkhead outfit due to the seven years he spent playing for the Bhoys.
But he insists he will not be resting on his laurels while in charge of the first team, saying he needs to produce the results in order for his tenure to be deemed a success.
He added: "The fans always take to me but listen, it all depends on results.
"We are not taking anything for granted.
"Against Hibs I got what I asked for from the players, which was three points. I'm delighted and I think they are pleased with themselves as well."