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Celtic boss Neil Lennon has hailed Moi Elyounoussi for answering his critics. The Norwegian scored a brilliant hat-trick as the Parkhead club overcame Motherwell 4-1 at Fir Park.
Elyounoussi had received criticism after being caught looking at his phone while sitting in the stands during Celtic’s Europa League defeat to Sparta Prague at Parkhead.
Lennon said: “I had a brief chat with Elyounoussi. He explained to me what had happened and that was the end of it. He is a top professional. I have no problem with his attitude or the way he behaves around the place. It was never an issue for me.
“I got what I wanted today. Elyounoussi scored a hat-trick today after being criticised unreasonably for looking at a result on his phone the other night. I think that’s unfair but he has responded in the right way. We asked him at half-time to go and get the hat-trick he didn’t get in Lille and it was a brilliant third goal. Our reaction to conceding was excellent and I thought we should have won the game by more.”
Both Kris Ajer and Jeremie Frimpong were substituted during the Fir Park victory.
Lennon confirmed that Ajer had suffered a recurrence of his groin injury, and said on Frimpong: “I don’t know if it is ligament damage yet. It’s sort of thigh, lateral side, we will have to get him looked at over the next couple of days.”