Lennon backs captain fantastic
Neil Lennon has hailed Shaun Maloney after he skippered Celtic to a 2-1 win over Dundee United.
Last Updated: 19/10/10 6:32pm
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has hailed Shaun Maloney after the midfielder skippered his club to a 2-1 victory over Dundee United.
Maloney was perhaps surprisingly handed the captain's armband in the absence of Scott Brown, who looks set to remain sidelined with a foot injury until December.
But the decision paid dividends as Celtic overcame their opponents to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.
And Lennon intends to stick with Maloney, who re-joined the Hoops from Aston Villa in 2008, for this weekend's Old Firm derby against Rangers.
"It was a fantastic performance and it was a great attitude shown by Shaun and all of the players," Lennon told the club's official website.
"My staff talked about it on Saturday night and we just thought Shaun knows the club so well and he's back to what we think is more or less his best.
"The maturity he's shown this year and the respect the players have for him made him the best choice.
"He's came through the ranks and he knows everything about the club, and his performances have merited it this year.
"I wouldn't like to chop and change it so Shaun will remain captain for now.
"You need to be able to take the game by the scruff of the neck at times and guide the team through difficult situations and Shaun showed he can do that on Sunday."