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Watch: Celtic Score First Goal Of Neil Lennon Era With Sweeping Counter Attack

Watch: Celtic Score First Goal Of Neil Lennon Era With Sweeping Counter Attack

They haven't missed a beat. Brendan Rodgers may be gone, but life goes on at Celtic. With an eight point lead in the SPL title race, the club are well on their way to an eighth successive league title.

Interim boss Neil Lennon takes charge for the first time tonight, with Celtic travelling to take on Hearts at Tynecastle Park. With Rangers facing relegation-battling Dundee, a win here would be hugely important as they sought to maintain their sizeable lead.

Things started pretty well, with Celtic taking the lead 10 minutes before the interval. It was a perfectly executed counter attack, with James Forrest on hand to provide the finishing touch. Take a look at this:

You don't get much better than that. While Hearts did leave themselves very exposed at the the back, Celtic made sure they paid the price. There were a number of crisp passes involved in the build up, and Neil Lennon will no doubt be delighted with this start on his reintroduction to life at his former club.

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Lennon, who had to cancel his holiday at the last minute in order to take the job, said that Brendan Rodgers will be tough act to follow:

My Speedos were packed, the Factor 50 all done and now I am stuck here with you guys! I am sure you are all delighted about that.

It was a no-brainer, I'm very grateful to be here. The board have put their faith in me to see out the season. The most important thing is the club. They've lost a manager who will go down as one of the greats. I've got big shoes to fill.

The team's been unbelievable under Brendan. When I took over the last time the club was in a very different position. Tactically, you learn as you go along. I don't have all the answers, and I don't want to be compared to Brendan.

I know some people will do that, as we go along. Brendan has his way and it has been fantastic, I have my way. Brendan has certainly raised the bar in terms of trophies. Everyone is talking about 10 (titles in a row), I would just like to get to eight first and then take it from there.

That is the most important thing to me and I am not looking too far ahead. I like to play attacking football, as did Brendan. It is the DNA of the club.

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Gary Connaughton

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