Celtic boss Neil Lennon picks up second successive SPFL Manager of the Month award

Neil Lennon: Second successive SPFL award

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been named SPFL Manager of the Month for January.

The Northern Irishman, who lifted the award in December, guided his side to five wins from as many matches to stretch their lead at the top of the Premiership table to 21 points.

During the period the champions scored 16 goals without reply to help England goalkeeper Fraser Forster set a new club record of 11 successive clean-sheets.

Kris Commons, who was named player of the month in December, played a huge part in the Hoops' success with six of those goals, taking his tally for the campaign to 17.

Celtic, who came into the month on the back of five straight victories, opened the period with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Partick Thistle thanks to a goal from Joe Ledley.

Commons (2) added to goals from Charlie Mulgrew and Tony Stokes as the Hoops brushed aside St Mirren 4-0 before another double from the midfielder, and a Stephen McManus own goal, secured a 3-0 home victory over Motherwell.

Two more goals for the former Scotland international, and one apiece from Teemu Pukki and Virgil Van Dijk, earned a 4-0 win at Hibernian before Ledley, Mulgrew, Amido Balde and a Lee Ashcroft own goal brought yet another 4-0 victory over Kilmarnock.

"This just shows the consistency the players have displayed all season and shows last week (cup defeat to Aberdeen) came out of left-field as the form we had been showing in the previous three months was red-hot," said Lennon.

"Now all we want to do is get back to winning ways on Sunday and continue in the same form that we have shown for 95 per cent of the season.

"The players were really disappointed after last week but we can't dwell on that. Too many didn't perform on the day but we move on and our aim now is to go unbeaten for the remainder of the season as I don't think that has been done before at the highest level here."

Watch Celtic take on St Johnstone live on Sky Sports 1 from 12.30pm this Sunday